Jason Zahodnik Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Bush Turnpike in Richardson, TX
Richardson, TX -- April 6, 2021, 34-year-old Jason Zahodnik was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on the President George Bush Turnpike in Collin County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:25 on the PGBT near mile marker 730. Preliminary investigation suggests Zahodnik was driving a Ford Mustang east on the roadway when it drifted left into the center median. Zahodnik reportedly over-corrected to the right, then traveled across all the lanes and hit a guardrail. The car was redirected left and once again drove across the travel lanes until it hit the guardrail on the other side. Once again, it then drove through the lanes to the right and then hit a concrete wall, after which it came to rest upright.
Zahodnik suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital.
Investigators determined that Zahodnik was intoxicated at the time of the crash. A warrant was obtained for a blood draw.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jason Zahodnik Accident on PGBT in Richardson
To be clear, I don't write this blog to cast judgment on anyone or to preach about the evils of alcohol. I don't find finger-wagging especially productive when the focus really should be on getting the person injured in this crash the help he needs. After a crash involving alcohol, as is allegedly the case here, that process may have some additional considerations.
This is due to Texas dram shop law. Essentially, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication--even if the injured party is the driver himself. For example, if someone is over-served by a bar and gets into a serious accident as a result, anyone hurt in the crash has the right to hold that bar accountable in court for its role in causing injury. This works both as a tool to get victims and their families some much-needed help and as a way to ensure rule-breaking alcohol providers face the appropriate consequences for their actions.
Unfortunately I often find that authorities overlook this important area of the law, meaning many of those negligent businesses walk away with no consequences even when their over-service was directly involved in a victim's injuries. I can't say for certain if any dram shop violations took place in the Richardson wreck, but it would be irresponsible not to do the work to find out.