Michael Anthony Gallegos Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Odessa, TX
Odessa, TX -- June 20, 2021, Michael Anthony Gallegos was injured following an accident which authorities allege involved alcohol.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at the intersection of 52nd Street and Winchester Avenue at around 7:41 p.m.
In their reports, officials said that 30-year-old Michael Anthony Gallegos was driving a Chevy Avalanche eastbound on 52nd. Ahead, a Dodge Ram reportedly slowed to make a left turn off 52nd. Police say that Gallegos's vehicle failed to control speed and crashed into the pickup.
Due to the collision, Gallegos sustained incapacitating injuries. Reports showed no other injuries. Police allege that Gallegos had been drinking and charged him with DWI. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Michael Anthony Gallegos Alleged DWI Accident in Odessa
To be absolutely clear, my goal on this blog is never to single people out or to tarnish anyone's name. My goal is only ever to shed some light on our complex laws and what they can mean for people who need help after a serious crash. With these reports, no doubt most folks will focus on the allegation that alcohol contributed to the crash. First of all, it's important to verify those reports and to consider the possibility that other factors led to the crash that the authorities overlooked. Beyond that, if alcohol did play a role, it's important to find out where that alcohol came from.
This is because of Texas Dram Shop Law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If there's a bar out there serving people to the point they're getting themselves or others hurt, they're putting the community in danger. Should they just continue business as normal like nothing happened? Of course not. That's why Dram Shop Law allows victims to hold them accountable, both getting them the help they need and making our roads safer.
Again, I'm not here to say what did or didn't happen here, but I think some folks too often look at these situations as completely black and white. In reality, our laws are nuanced enough that people can answer for their actions while also having an opportunity to get the help they need. Whether or not that all applies here would likely require more thorough independent investigations.