• November 08, 2019

Officer Injured in Fort Worth, TX Drunk Driving Accident on US 287

Fort Worth, TX -- November 8, 2019, a police officer sustained serious injuries after an accident where an alleged drunk driver hit her along US 287.

Fort Worth Police Department officials said the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. near US 287 and Harmon Road.

A FWPD officer was on the side of the highway conducting a DWI traffic stop. As she put out flares behind the scene, another driver hit her and sideswiped the squad car. That vehicle lost control and careened onto the median. There, the alleged drunk driver got out on foot and fled the scene.

Emergency services transported the injured Fort Worth officer to a hospital in serious condition. She's said to be stable at this time.

Later, police found the alleged drunk driver, Oscar Barragan, and arrested him. Barragan currently faces a charge for Intoxication Assault.

Additional details are still under investigation.

Commentary

If police allegations prove true, it's crucial to find out where the driver got his alcohol. At 2:30 a.m., it's highly likely that a drunk driver is on their way home from a bar. But why does that matter? Depending on certain factors, an alcohol provider could be liable for this officer's injuries.

According to Texas Dram Shop Law, a licensed alcohol vendor that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. There is no shortage of reckless alcohol providers in the metroplex that routinely violate liquor laws and over-serve customers. Visiting Deep Ellum or 7th Street after last call will yield countless sightings of people stumbling their way out into the streets.

Put simply, when negligent alcohol providers contribute to someone's serious injuries, they deserve to be held responsible. In few cases is that more true than when one of the community's emergency responders suffers injuries. This officer shouldn't have to bear the burden of a driver and an alcohol providers recklessness. The negligent parties that caused those injuries need to face the appropriate consequences. Dram Shop can ensure that happens while also getting victims the help they need.

--Grossman Law Offices

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