Lubbock, TX — On February 11, 2019, a 24-year-old driver suffered injuries after losing control of his vehicle and crashing with a rock and two parked cars in Lubbock.
Lubbock Police say the crash happened around 2:15 a.m. Monday near the intersection of 27th Street and Slide Road. The driver, the sole occupant of a Dodge Stratus, was reportedly headed north on Slide when he lost control for unknown reasons. The car then struck a boulder on the east side of the road before continuing forward, striking two vehicles in a parking lot at 2801 Slide Road. Debris from the crash caused damage to two other unoccupied vehicles. The Stratus rolled further before coming to rest on 27th Street.
The driver was taken by emergency personnel to University Medical Center with serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by Lubbock Police.
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Single-vehicle crashes with no obvious external influences often happen for one or more of just a few common factors, found by investigators far more often than any other. The most common even among these are fatigue, distraction, and intoxication. Any or all or even none of these elements could have played a role, but my experience with cases that start in a very similar fashion make me believe that at least one of the three will be in evidence when investigators come to their conclusions.
Of those three, the one with unique legal consequences would be intoxication. This young man would not be the first person by far to catch an injury in Lubbock, a college town, after having a few too many drinks and heading home after closing time. That’s not to point fingers at the driver before the investigation finds answers, but admittedly the pieces do sort of seem to fit: early-morning crash right after closing time, and the vehicle hit a rock and two empty cars–hardly things that could have jumped out unexpectedly.
If police find out that alcohol use contributed to the crash, investigators should also look into where the driver got his alcohol. Texas Dram Shop Law states that a licensed vendor that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable if he goes on to hurt or kill someone–even himself–as a result of his intoxication.
Whenever a law-breaking bar, liquor store, club, or other provider contributes to someone’s death, the victim’s family deserves an opportunity to hold that establishment accountable. Of course, liquor liability is only one possible element of this crash, and the other possibilities must be duly investigated to be sure of the truth. If alcohol played a part, then everyone involved, both demand and supply, must answer for their lawbreaking.
–Grossman Law Offices