• November 08, 2019

5 Injured in Hidalgo County, TX Police Chase Accident on US 281

Hidalgo County, TX -- November 6, 2019, five people sustained injuries due to an accident where their vehicle crashed during a police chase.

Authorities with the Hidalgo County Police reported that the crash happened along US 281. Officers reportedly attempted to pull over a 2004 Ford Explorer near US 281 and FM 490. That vehicle then apparently fled from police. A pursuit continued for some time until the SUV ran off-road. There, the vehicle crashed into a tree.

One person in the vehicle had serious injuries that required helicopter transport to a hospital. The other four occupants went to hospitals via ground transport.

At this time, the events surrounding the crash remain under investigation.

Commentary

There are sometimes unique legal consequences surrounding crashes like this. It's always important for investigators to look into why runaway drivers flee. Sometimes, it's because they're drunk driving. When that's the case, there could be a party who bears some responsibility for the crash: a bar.

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. When businesses break the law and contribute to someone's injuries, they need to take responsibility for that. Dram Shop gives victims and families the tools to confront them and get them to bear the burden they created through their reckless service of alcohol.

It's not clear right now whether or not that's a factor in this crash. I find it's important for the public to know about these unique areas of the law so they can prepare themselves should they ever find themselves in that kind of situation.

--Grossman Law Offices

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