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Texas jury says, "cyclist gets $3.8 mil."(2 posts)

Texas jury says, "cyclist gets $3.8 mil."DaveL
Apr 16, 2002 1:03 PM
A Liberty County, Texas jury awarded a cyclist $3.8 million from a motorist who made him a paraplegic. Plaintiff Tim Ottison was riding his bike to work on a paved shoulder of US Hwy 90 when defendant Rebecca Hebert pulled onto the highway in front of an oncoming truck. The driver pulled over to the shoulder to let the truck pass, and drove on the shoulder for about an eight of a mile hitting Ottison and barely missing another cyclist. Herbert said the collision was not foreseeable and said she was not negligent. The jury went with the cyclist, found Hebert negligent and awarded the damages. [Texas Lawyer, April 15, 2002]

As one well known to ride them highway shoulders, 'there but for the grace of God...' You know, it just doesn't seem like enough, does it?
I bet he'd rather have a healthy body over ANY amount of moneyTig
Apr 16, 2002 2:00 PM
Most of us luckily have never had to face the loss of our health to such a high level, but I can safely say we'd all rather have good health over a few million bucks any day, even without experiencing this. Money could never replace health. Hopefully he at least has functionality of his upper body.

The loss of being able to ride is just a small part of the overall loss. There are many wonderful places to ride in Texas.