Jeremy Jackson Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on McCormick Rd in Randall County, TX
Randall County, TX -- April 10, 2021, 44-year-old Jeremy Lashawn Jackson was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on McCormick Road in Randall County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:15 a.m. on McCormick near Coulter Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Jackson was driving a Buick LeSabre south on Coulter when he reportedly disregarded its stop sign at the "T" intersection with McCormick. He drove across the intersection to the dead end of Coulter and crashed with a wooden pole.
Jackson suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital. He was ultimately arrested for DWI with an open container.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jeremy Jackson Accident on McCormick Road in Randall County
DWI crashes are unfortunately all too common in Texas, but they're actually a little more complicated than many people realize. Police typically focus all their attention only on the drunk drivers, when they actually need to zoom out a little and look at other important elements that too often escape scrutiny.
But who or what else is there to talk about? As it happens, Texas takes alcohol-related crashes very seriously--so seriously that its laws look beyond just the drivers themselves and scrutinize the businesses that provided the alcohol.
If investigations show that the victim of this crash got his alcohol from a local bar, restaurant, club, store, or other establishment licensed to sell alcohol, that business may be liable for the injuries he sustained in his accident. This is due to Texas dram shop law which basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages that person may suffer or cause. The law applies to all licensed vendors, whether they're filling a pint glass or selling a to-go margarita.
Put simply, if a local business breaks the law and contributes to a drunk driving wreck, they can be held accountable for their role in the crash just as drunk drivers can be held accountable for theirs. The difference is dram shop law may more directly benefit injured victims and families as it allows them to confront negligent alcohol vendors and seek help with their recovery after a crash--even in situations where the victim is the driver himself.
Some may see this accident occurred in the early hours of the morning and think there's no way any business could be involved. That may turn out to be true, but the time of day is not a reason to immediately dismiss the possibility. I have seen many cases where someone might have gone a little too hard into their cups one night only to still be paying the price the morning after. The accident appears to have happened on a Saturday morning, which would more less jibe with overnight intoxication. That is not an accusation of any such thing, to be clear; it is only to say that a "time of day" objection may not carry as much weight as it might seem to at first.
Unfortunately, authorities don't pay as much attention to dram shop violations as they should. That's why I always advocate for independent investigations after crashes like this. Hopefully steps are taken to find out exactly what led up to the crash and the victim's injuries.