North Richland Hills, TX — February 10, 2018, three people sustained injuries due to an accident allegedly caused by driving under the influence.

Authorities with the North Richland Police Department responded to the accident scene at around 7:00 p.m. They say the accident happened near NE Loop 820 and Iron Horse Boulevard.

Preliminary investigations did not release specifics surrounding the crash. It happened at the intersection and was reportedly severe enough to close the Iron Horse exit ramp and overpass while emergency responders worked the scene.

Three people involved in the crash were taken to local hospitals with critical injuries. One person was arrested at the scene. Police suspect that person was driving under the influence leading up to the crash. It’s unclear what substance may have been involved or whether or not that driver caused the accident.

At this time, no further information has been released.

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Commentary

There are still many details needing clarification here. While police didn’t say exactly what happened in the accident, it’s relatively safe to assume the impaired driver caused the accident. If that’s the case, then the substance causing the impairment will have significant legal consequences.

If police determine the driver was under the influence of drugs, then there’s not much victims could do under civil law that they wouldn’t normally do in following a car accident. Typically, there wouldn’t be a third party aside from the driver to hold accountable.

However, if alcohol contributed to this accident, the next step would be to determine where this driver got their alcohol, as they may have been over-served by a licensed provider. Texas dram shop law states that a licensed alcohol vendor which over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be held liable for damages resulting from that person’s intoxication. Too often bars and other establishments serve their customers well past the point of reason before sending them out onto our roadways. Whenever applicable, those reckless establishments must be held accountable to the full extent of the law.

All that said, there still needs to be a thorough investigation to determine what exactly happened here. The sooner that happens, the sooner the victims can work toward a resolution.

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