Marquise Lauderdale Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-20 in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX -- December 30, 2021, 23-year-old Marquise Lauderdale was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened around midnight on I-20 near Park Springs Boulevard. Preliminary investigation and a witness statement suggest Lauderdale was driving a Hyundai Venue east on the 3700 block of the roadway when he lost control and swerved to the right. He reportedly over-corrected course and veered back left, crossing through the travel lanes and crashing into a concrete barrier wall.
Lauderdale suffered serious injuries in the accident. Investigators suspected he was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
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UPDATE (February 3, 2022): Later investigative reports indicate the victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .203 at the time of the crash. I don't say that to launch into some lecture about drunk driving, but knowing that alcohol was a confirmed factor may change how this crash should be addressed.
As I mentioned in my previous comments, alcohol-related crashes sometimes involve holding the bars that over-serve it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons do. Under dram shop law such a business may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the victim's family after the terrible events in Arlington.
Unfortunately, dram violations receive little to no attention from police investigators. That's why it's often best for victims and their families to seek help from independent investigators who know what proof to look for and how to get it. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by bad bars have held them accountable for failing to live up to their obligations.
ORIGINAL: Investigators seem to think the victim in this crash was intoxicated at the time. Given the way the accident occurred that seems reasonable, but obviously like any theory it needs clear evidence before it could be considered a fact. That's why police took samples for testing, and depending the results the injured driver may face some charges for his choices that night.
Some may think that combined with his injuries essentially handles the consequences of the crash, but that may not be the end of things. The victim may actually have available avenues to get some much-needed help with his recovery. Anyone affected by an alcohol-related crash, including the DWI drivers themselves, should know about dram shop law.
Dram shop law basically says that a licensed alcohol vendor who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages that person causes or suffers while under the influence. In other words bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses can often be held legally accountable when they over-serve customers who then cause accidents like the one in Arlington.
Not only does dram shop law help people hurt in DWI crashes get back on their feet, it's also a way to punish negligent alcohol providers and keep them from putting communities in danger. Despite that, police don't always have the time or resources to chase down the bad business who play a part in such accidents. People hurt in wrecks like this are often better served by working with independent investigators if they hope to find the proof they need for a dram shop claim. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many victims have successfully held bad bars accountable for failing to live up to their obligations to public safety.