Woman seeks $1M over motorcycle crash on Seawall

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Nov 11, 2013

GALVESTON - A crash between motorcyclists in Galveston two years ago has resulted in legal action.

In court papers filed Nov. 6 in Galveston County District Court, Brazoria County resident Rebecca Sue Welch is seeking $1 million from Galveston local Michael David Benavides who she blames for the crash.

Welch was passenger on a motorcycle operated by George Edward Banuelos, who is not a party in the case, while Benavides drove his own bike.

The parties were traveling on Seawall Boulevard when Benavides reportedly made an unsafe lane change and struck the motorcycle carrying the plaintiff, the lawsuit says.

It faults the respondent for:

  • Failing to control speed;

  • Failing to keep a proper lookout;

  • Failing to timely apply his brakes;

  • Failing to take proper and timely evasive action; and

  • Failing to turn to avoid the collision.

Consequently, the complainant sues for physical pain and suffering, impairment, mental anguish, lost wages and medical expenses.

Attorney Timothy E. McKenna of Houston is representing Welch, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-1418

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