• January 26, 2022

Gary Baker Injured in Wrong-Way Accident in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- January 6, 2022, Gary Baker was injured following an accident involving a driver on the wrong side of the road.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:45 a.m. along the Sam Houston Tollway in the area of Fondren.

Officials said that 38-year-old Gary Baker was in a Nissan Rogue reportedly traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the tollway. Doing so, the Nissan crashed head-on into westbound traffic.

Baker sustained incapacitating injuries in the crash. Reports showed no other injuries. Police say that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Commentary on Gary Baker Wrong-Way Accident in Houston

Just to be clear up front, I don't know anything more about this crash than what the reports say. I wouldn't want to suggest that I have some inside information on what led to this crash. But when police bring up alcohol after a wrong-way collision, it's not too surprising. To be blunt, 99% of the time, a crash like this is the result of intoxicated driving, usually due to alcohol. When that happens, it's crucial to find out where that person was earlier, as there could be a local alcohol provider that needs to be held accountable for contributing to the crash.

Gary Baker Wrong-Way Accident Houston, TX

Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. The reason that's especially important here is due to the fact that wrong-way drivers are usually highly intoxicated. Obviously, a driver would not typically get on the wrong side of the road without making a lot of serious mistakes. Even someone who had a couple of drinks likely wouldn't make a mistake this serious. But if a bar continues to serve someone to the point they're clearly putting that person in danger, they're breaking the law, and they should be on the hook for harm resulting from their negligent behavior. That's not just me saying that; that's the law.

So when I see a crash like this, I obviously don't jump to conclusions without knowing the whole story. While unlikely, investigators still need to look into possibilities like a medical emergency or simply someone being confused by poor signage or poor road design. But given all the similar situations I've had people come to me for help with over the years, there's a very strong possibility that there's a local business that needs to take responsibility for the injuries this crash caused. Otherwise, there's no telling who else they may send out into the community to cause similar mayhem.

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