• February 11, 2019

Woman Injured in Montgomery County, TX, Single-Vehicle Accident on US 59

Montgomery County, TX -- February 10, 2019, a woman sustained injuries as the result of a single-vehicle accident at US Highway 59.

Officials responded to the accident scene at around 11:00 p.m. They say the crash occurred at US 59 and McCleskey Road, next to Forest Retreat RV Park.

In their reports, investigators said that an unidentified woman was driving a vehicle along McCleskey at the time. At the intersection, witnesses say her vehicle did not stop at the stop sign and ran across lanes of US 59. In doing so, the car crashed into the concrete barricade on the median and overturned.

The woman in the car was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. It appears no one else was injured in the crash.

Police continue to investigate the factors leading up to the crash.

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Commentary

While there still needs to be a more thorough investigation into what happened here, it would be irresponsible not to consider the possibility that alcohol contributed to the accident. If it's true the vehicle simply disregarded a stop sign and crashed into a barricade, a late night crash with those details often ends up involving drunk drivers. But I don't bring this up to tarnish the driver's reputation. What I want to address is the little understood area of personal injury law, Dram Shop.

According to Texas law, it is illegal for an alcohol provider to over-serve an obviously intoxicated customer. If they do, and that customer's intoxication causes an accident, the alcohol provider may be held civilly liable for contributing to the accident. Just as drunk drivers face consequences for their actions, the law provides an avenue through which victims and families may hold negligent alcohol providers accountable for theirs.

The fact of the matter is reckless establishments put our local communities in danger, and allowing them to get away with their actions only succeeds in perpetuating such behavior. It's important that whenever victims utilize these laws whenever possible so that all those who contribute to the accident have a chance to answer for their actions.

--Grossman Law Offices

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