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Texas couple seriously injured in drunk driving accident

While there are many benefits to riding a motorcycle, increased safety is not one of them. Motorcyclists must take extra precautions to ensure their safety, but even this may not be enough if drivers of larger vehicles are not careful to notice when motorcycles are in the vicinity. Texas riders may be especially vulnerable to accidents when other motorists fail to heed warnings about drunk driving.

A recent accident resulted in injuries to a motorcyclist and his passenger. The incident occurred when a driver attempted to make a left turn onto a side street. The driver did not notice the oncoming motorcycle and collided with it. Both the operator of the bike and his passenger suffered serious injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was not reported to have suffered any injuries. However, police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. Police charged him with third degree felony intoxication assault, and he was booked with a $2,500 bond. Although police say they obtained a warrant for a blood alcohol test, media reports did not reveal the results of that test.

Meanwhile, the victims were transported by helicopter to a local hospital, and their conditions have not been disclosed. Certainly, if their injuries warranted transportation by helicopter, first responders likely feared for their lives. Victims of motorcycle accidents, particularly those involving drunk drivers, frequently suffer catastrophic injuries. They have every right to seek potential compensation for those injuries by consulting a Texas attorney.

Source: chron.com, "Police arrest man accused of drunk driving, hitting motorcycle driver", William Axford, Aug. 7, 2017

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