Dallas, TX — On February 10, 2019, 69-year-old Ronnie Dixon was killed when his vehicle crashed into a tree on Lawnview Avenue.

Police say the wreck happened just after 2:00 a.m. in the 3900 block of Lawnview. The circumstances of the wreck are still under investigation, but Dixon’s car reportedly crashed into a tree just off the roadway.

Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

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Commentary

Single-vehicle crashes often happen due to one or more of just a few common factors, found by investigators more often than any other. The most common among those 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 have similar facts makes me believe that at least one of the three will be found as investigators dig deeper into this case.

Of those three common factors, the only one with different legal consequences would be intoxication. Dixon would not be the first Dallas resident to have a few drinks on a Saturday night before driving away in a condition too dangerous for the road. I don’t mean to point fingers at him before investigators find some answers, but admittedly the known pieces do seem to fit: early-morning crash right after closing time, and the vehicle left the road and hit a tree. There are many reasons that could happen, but the likelihood of some, like intoxication, statistically outweighs that of others.

If police find out that alcohol use did contribute to the crash, investigators should also look into where Dixon got it. But why would that be important? Because 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 convenience store contributes to someone’s death, the victim’s family deserves an opportunity to hold that establishment accountable.

Of course, liquor liability is only one potential element of this crash, and the other possibilities must be investigated to be sure of the truth. If alcohol played a part, then everyone involved, including the place that may have negligently over-served the driver, must answer for their lawbreaking.

–Grossman Law Offices

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  1. A lot of bars in town don’t cooperate with the TABC and keep pouring ’til the money runs out, no matter how bad of shape the customer might be in. It’s pretty scary to think about some of those over-served people on the road.

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