• January 14, 2022

Man Injured in Alleged DWI Accident on Gulf Freeway at Howard in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- December 4, 2021, one person was injured as the result of an accident where a possibly intoxicated driver crashed along the Gulf Freeway.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 6:00 a.m. along the Gulf Freeway in the area of Howard Drive.

In their reports, officials said that a 40-year-old man was in a Nissan Pathfinder traveling northbound on the freeway. A Ford F-150 reportedly failed to control speed and crashed into the Pathfinder.

The driver of the Nissan reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Police say that the Ford driver, identified as Ricardo Beltran, may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Reports listed charges for DWI. Additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident at Gulf Freeway and Howard in Houston

If the allegations here are true, then it may seem unusual to some for a person to be drunk driving around this time of the morning. It's more likely for something like this to happen around midnight as people are ending their nights out. But one thing that happens more often than people think is people go out to bars, become dangerously intoxicated, and then wake up the next morning still drunk.

Houston, TX Alleged DWI Accident Gulf Freeway Howard drive

If something like that happened here, then it's possible there's a bar out there liable for the victim's injuries. This is due to dram shop law which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Unfortunately, I see too many situations, even in Houston, where authorities don't give these possible factors the attention they deserve. Are steps being taken here to ensure the victim has every opportunity to get the help they need?

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