• June 11, 2019

Woman Killed, Juan Garcia Injured in Laredo, TX, Rollover Accident

Laredo, TX -- June 9, 2019, a woman was killed and Juan Garcia was injured following an accident where their vehicle overturned off the highway.

According to details released by the Laredo Police Department, the crash happened at around 6:45 a.m. near US Highway 83 and West Parallel Road.

Police investigators stated that 22-year-old Juan Garcia was driving a vehicle along the highway at the time. For reasons unclear, the vehicle lost control, causing it to run off-road and overturn.

A woman riding in the vehicle, identified only as a 23-year-old, was ejected in the crash. She succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Garcia was taken to a hospital with apparently non-life-threatening injuries.

At this time, police have yet to determine a cause for the crash.

Commentary

One particular news source I read quoted an investigating officer considering speed, distraction, and intoxication as possible causes for the crash. This is common to see, as these are three common factors in early morning wrecks like this one. It's important that they all get attention, as well as less common factors, to ensure the victims and families affected get the answers they deserve. That said, I wanted to address intoxication specifically because it has rather unique legal consequences.

In Texas, Dram Shop Law states that a licensed alcohol vendor that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. That means that if a bar served someone so recklessly that they got in a drunk driving wreck nearly 5 hours after closing time, it's very likely they broke the law and contributed to the deadly crash. As such, the law allows victims and families to seek out these negligent bars and hold them accountable for their actions.

To be clear, I don't see any specific evidence saying that's what happened here. It's simply a factor that often comes up following early morning wrecks. If police happen to find out alcohol did in fact contribute to this crash, it's crucial that this woman's family has an opportunity to confront all parties responsible for that tragic outcome.

--Grossman Law Offices

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