• January 28, 2022

Marcela Peres Melchor Injured in Wrong-Way Accident in Live Oak, TX

Live Oak, TX -- January 11, 2022, Marcela Peres Melchor was injured due to an accident along the freeway involving a wrong-way driver.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:45 a.m. along I-35 in the area of Loop 1604.

Officials said that 46-year-old Marcela Peres Melchor was driving a Ford Mustang southbound along the interstate. Police reports say that a Chevy Avalanche was northbound on the southbound lanes, ultimately colliding with Melchor's vehicle.

Melchor had reportedly incapacitating injuries. Police say they're investigating if the wrong-way driver was under the influence of alcohol, and reports also say authorities arrested that driver for DWI. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Marcela Peres Melchor Wrong-Way Accident in Live Oak

To be a bit frank, it doesn't surprise me that this situation ended with a DWI arrest, assuming the reports are accurate. Police looking into alcohol is also no surprise. To put it simply, 99% of the time someone gets on the wrong side of a freeway and hits someone, it's because they were highly intoxicated. That's even more likely when the crash happens just half an hour after last call. But simply charging an intoxicated driver is not the end of the story, most of the time. I do my best to inform people that a common factor in crashes like this is that a local business over-served the wrong-way driver and needs to be held accountable, as well.

Marcela Peres Melchor Wrong-Way Accident Live Oak, TX

Texas has something called 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. If a bar out there is serving people to the point they don't know which way is which, and they fail to notice half a dozen "Wrong Way" signs on their way up an exit ramp, then it's virtually guaranteed they're putting lives at risk by over-serving people. So why shouldn't they be held responsible when their actions cause harm to members of the community?

Most reasonable people would agree those businesses should face consequences, yet it rarely happens without an experienced dram shop attorney getting involved. There can be criminal and administrative consequences for alcohol providers, but authorities don't often take steps to look into these factors. That's why explaining dram shop to people is a priority on this blog. Simply by understanding the possible avenues folks can use to get the help they need can also help to hold businesses accountable for their actions and reduce accidents like this happening in the future. Are any steps being taken here to look into these possibilities?

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