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Jury convicts Texas man who swerved into motorcycle

Those who ride motorcycles know they cannot take their safety for granted. Many accidents involving motorcycles occur because other drivers fail to see the smaller vehicles. However, a viral video about a recent motorcycle accident may cause strong emotions in Texas motorists, whether they ride bikes or not.

The video was recorded from the helmet camera of a motorcyclist riding on a two-lane road. The footage shows two friends on a bike ahead speeding up the center line to pass a row of cars. Suddenly one car abruptly swerved into the motorcycle sent it and its riders skidding across the road onto the shoulder. The bike's 37-year-old operator got to his feet slowly, but his 38-year-old passenger remained on the ground. The two were subsequently taken to the hospital where the passenger was placed in intensive care.

The 69-year-old driver of the car claimed a spider bite caused him to swerve into the motorcycle, and during his police interview, he showed officers the alleged bite on his leg. Nevertheless, a jury found him guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and causing bodily injury. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  

Injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident can be devastating, and the victims of this accident may feel fortunate to have survived. However, the expenses associated with a hospital stay and subsequent medical care are likely overwhelming. Those who are victims of motorcycle accidents in Texas may find relief from those financial burdens by contacting a personal injury attorney.

Source:, "Man who swerved into motorcyclists in viral video sent to prison", Tom Uhleruhler, March 31, 2017

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