• August 18, 2021

Rebecca Huff Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-87 in Tom Green County, TX

Tom Green County, TX -- July 18, 2021, 18-year-old Rebecca Huff was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 87 in Tom Green County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:40 a.m. on US-87 near March Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Huff was driving a Buick Encore SUV south on March when she reportedly disregarded a stop sign at the highway intersection. The SUV continued through the intersection and through the road's median, then struck a curb and went airborne for approximately 130 feet. It then crashed through a property's fence line on the southern side of US-87 and came to a stop upright.

Huff suffered serious injuries in the accident. Investigators alleged she was under the influence of alcohol at the time and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rebecca Huff Accident on US-87 in Tom Green County

If blood tests confirm intoxication was a contributing element in this crash, that may change how it's handled somewhat. Texas takes alcohol-related crashes very seriously, to the point of also holding the businesses that sell it responsible for over-serving their customers. Those violations are dealt with by dram shop law.

Rebecca Huff Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-87 in Tom Green County, TX

People aren't always aware of this area of the law even though it helps many who face similar situations. In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers go on to cause or suffer harm while under the influence, that business may be considered liable for those injuries--even when the victims are the drunk drivers themselves.

Too many bars escape any liability because people don't know that DWI drivers aren't the only ones to look at after a crash like this. Reckless over-service from alcohol providers creates dangerously-drunk drivers and dram shop law is how those businesses are punished for disregarding the law. Furthermore, it provides injured victims a way to confront those negligent bars and hold them responsible, securing both accountability and much-needed help at the same time. So will authorities look into that possibility here, or would the injured victim be better served by working with independent investigators?

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