Bryan Ribiero Loeffler Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Cochran County, TX
Cochran County, TX -- October 31, 2020, Bryan Ribiero Loeffler was injured due to an accident where his vehicle crashed off the side of the highway.
Investigators with the Texas DPS said that the crash took place at around 9:10 a.m. in the area of Highway 214 and County Road 260.
Troopers said that 21-year-old Bryan Ribiero Loeffler was driving a vehicle along Highway 214. The vehicle drifted off the side of the road, then swerved to the right and overturned off-road.
Loeffler sustained incapacitating injuries in the crash. Police allege that he was under the influence of alcohol and charged him with a DWI. Investigations are ongoing.
Commentary on Bryan Ribiero Loeffler Single-Vehicle Accident in Cochran County
It's not my place to comment on the criminal allegations here, but a crash involving alcohol often brings up a unique area of Texas law that victims and families need to understand. It can be a valuable avenue through which to get much needed help.
This area of the law is called Dram Shop Law. Essentially, it says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. This could be anything from a bar to a restaurant to a gas station. When these businesses over-serve people, they're putting that person's life and the lives of others in jeopardy. So why shouldn't they face consequences?
Dram Shop Law is a vital tool for victims and families to not only get the help they need but to also ensure these business are held accountable for their actions. It's not clear if that all applies to this crash, but the reported seriousness of the injuries makes it more than worth further consideration.