Two Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Loop 463 in Victoria, TX
Victoria, TX -- January 15, 2022, two people sustained injuries due to an accident where their vehicle crashed along the highway.
Officials responded to the area of Loop 463 and Salem Road at around 3:00 a.m.
According to investigators, a 26-year-old man was driving a Jeep Cherokee eastbound along Loop 463. The vehicle lost control, causing it to hit the barrier multiple times.
Due to the crash, the driver had incapacitating injuries while a 22-year-old woman in the vehicle had non-incapacitating injuries.
According to reports, the driver had allegedly been drinking. Investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident on Loop 463 in Victoria
It's important to keep in mind that just because police say they suspect alcohol doesn't mean that's what happened. Crashes like this can happen only for further investigations to show there were factors not at all relating to intoxication. If alcohol was a factor, however, the police may not even be looking into the full story. I have a lot of reports come across my desk where authorities overlooked a crucial details following a drunk driving wreck: where that alcohol came from.
Why does this matter? Well, a lot of serious accidents involve people on their way home from a local bar. Those bars can be liable for the accidents if they over-served the person whose intoxication led to the crash. This is called dram shop law. While drunk drivers may certainly get their day in court, dram shop gives victims and families the tools to directly confront those negligent businesses and get the help they need while also ensuring they, too, are held accountable.
To be clear, that's just one possibility here, though it's one that warrants thorough investigations. Regardless of what led to this crash, victims and families deserve whatever opportunities are available to them through our legal system to get the help they need.