• March 15, 2019

Driver Critically Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Interstate 40 in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX -- On March 15, 2019, a driver was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident on the interstate in Amarillo.

Police say the crash happened around 12:30 a.m. near the interchange between Interstate 40 and Interstate 27. A truck was reportedly eastbound on I-40 when when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck crashed into the southern retaining wall of the roadway, sliding several hundred feet along its length before coming to rest.

The driver was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Amarillo police continue to investigate the crash, but say that speed, lack of seat belt use, and alcohol are all believed to be factors.

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Commentary

Investigators don't seem to be shy about their suspicion of alcohol in this crash. If that suspicion is verified by further investigation, an important but often-overlooked question that should be answered is where the drunk driver was drinking before he got behind the wheel.

But why would the source of the alcohol even matter? "Drunk is drunk," right? Actually, not quite: If a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the driver before he crashed that morning, then that establishment broke the law may be considered partly responsible for the crash.

Texas Dram Shop Law states that a licensed alcohol vendor that over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be accountable for damages caused by the intoxicated person. Put another way, if a trained server or clerk at a convenience store could tell that the man in Amarillo was drunk and sold or served him more alcohol anyway, then they and by extension their employers violated dram shop law.

When such a law-breaking bar, liquor store, club, or other provider directly contributes to someone's injury or death by over-serving a customer, the victims hurt in the aftermath deserve a chance to hold that business responsible.

--Grossman Law Offices

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