Juan Bernal Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Comal County, TX
Comal County, TX -- January 26, 2021, Juan Bernal was injured due to an accident where Bernal's vehicle crashed off the side of the road.
Authorities responded to the scene just before 9:00 p.m. along FM 306 near Canyon Park Road.
Investigators said that 69-year-old Juan Bernal was driving a Chevy Silverado along FM 306. The pickup drifted off the side of the road where it crashed into the ditch.
Bernal sustained incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Police alleged that he had been drinking, and they charged Bernal with DWI.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Juan Bernal Single-Vehicle Accident in Comal County
One of the common sentiments I address on this blog is the notion that car accidents like this only revolve around the driver involved. Especially when police allege that alcohol was a factor, people are quick to dismiss the whole situation as just someone getting themselves hurt. I want to be clear that I would never attempt to excuse drunk driving. If that indeed happened here, police justifiably took steps to see there are consequences. But the law is very nuanced, and alcohol-related crashes are not always a drunk driver's fault alone.
That may sound unusual, but it has to do with Dram Shop Law. A lot of crashes like this involve drivers on their way home from a bar or a similar establishment. Eventually, our laws changed to reflect that these negligent alcohol providers over-serving people contributes to their harm and the harm of other motorists. Dram Shop, then, is a legal tool that allows victims and families to hold these negligent businesses accountable for their role in the crash. Not only is this a vital source for assistance, it's also a powerful tool for ensuring these businesses face the appropriate consequences and clean up their act.
That's why it's important to keep an open mind after crashes like this even when the authorities make the situations seem straight-forward. It's possible that nothing to that degree contributed to this crash, but it would be irresponsible not to take steps to get a seriously injured person the help they need and to make the community as a whole safer.