On May 13, 2007, Texas motorcyclist, Jason Schober, then 28 and father of two, was killed while riding his motorcycle in the early morning hours after colliding with Leslie Parrish’s car in Pasadena, TX. Parrish’s blood alcohol level was .24, three times the legal limit. This past summer, she pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter, and was then subsequently sentenced to six years in prison. After serving 6 months of that time, Judge Roll has agreed with Texas defense attorneys to revise her sentence from six years in prison to ten years probation. This is the first time Roll has granted a “shock” probation request since 2008. Shock probation is splitting the sentence into short time served and remainder (at times additional time) on probation. The theory is that by putting someone in jail for the first time may “shock” them into not committing other crimes. Shock probation is considered a privilege rather than a right or entitlement.
Individuals riding motorcycles always need to have an increased awareness of their surroundings—particularly in situations where the odds are increased of encountering dangerous situations (i.e. early morning hours when people could be tired and/or intoxicated and during bad weather conditions). Be sure you are doing all you can to make your Texas motorcycle travels safe.
Yet even when Texas motorcyclists are cautious and responsible, other drivers may not be. These less than responsible drivers risk the lives of everyone who share Texas’ roadways—especially motorcyclists. If the unthinkable should happen and a drunk or negligent driver injures you or someone you love, you need an attorney on your side that will fight for your rights—and for justice.
In addition to pressing criminal charges, you may find yourself in need of financial compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and more. When this occurs, you will need a Texas personal injury attorney who will advocate aggressively for your rights to receive compensation for you injuries and for any damages, their negligence has caused.
If you are in a motorcycle accident in Texas, be it in Houston, Dallas or Fort Worth, we have Texas Motorcycle Attorneys that can help. Call us at 1-800-4-BIKERS.We understand motorcyclists—because we ARE motorcyclists. Find out more about what BAM can do for you—both before and after a Texas motorcycle accident.
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