• November 08, 2019

Nathaniel Wilson Jr. Killed in Accident on US-59 near Corrigan, TX

Corrigan, TX -- On November 7, 2019, 26-year-old Nathaniel Wilson Jr. was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Corrigan.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:20 a.m. on the highway just south of town. Investigators believe Wilson's Ford passenger car was headed north on the highway when it left the travel lanes for unknown reasons, swerving left. Wilson then tried to steer back but over-corrected, crossing back through the lanes and leaving the other side where it struck a tree.

Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

Commentary

Following late-night single-vehicle wrecks like this one, authorities tend to look for signs of their most common causes first. Chief among those causes are fatigue, distraction, and intoxication. Those aren't the only possibilities, of course, but it's important to either confirm them or rule them out as part of the process.

If turns out intoxication by alcohol was a main factor in the crash, there are other important details that should also be looked into--for instance, where that alcohol came from.

Dram shop law states that a licensed alcohol vendor that continues to serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer may be legally responsible for injuries caused by that customer's intoxication--even to the customer himself. Said another way: It's not just a drunk driver, but also in many cases the business that got them drunk,that should be held accountable after a crash.

Our laws seek to ensure negligent parties face consequences for their actions. A reckless business that puts people's lives in danger and ignores the law with over-service fits that bill. If investigators found that a negligent bar, club, or restaurant had a hand in Mr. Wilson's fatal crash, his family deserves a chance to confront that business. Dram shop law gives them the tools to do so.

Again, intoxication is just one of many possibilities to consider. Experienced investigators must take a careful look at this incident so that Mr. Wilson's loved ones can learn the truth of what happened, whatever it might be.

--Grossman Law Offices

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