• January 31, 2022

Susan Rials Injured in Car Accident on Green Oaks Blvd in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX -- January 3, 2022, 66-year-old Susan Rials was seriously injured in a collision with an alleged DWI driver on Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:05 p.m. on Green Oaks near Division Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Rials' Honda Civic was stalled in the far right northbound lane of Green Oaks when 40-year-old Steven Ryan approached from behind in a Saturn Vue and rear-ended the Honda. After the impact Ryan then drove the Saturn off the road to the east and crashed into a ditch.

Rials received serious injuries in the collision. Ryan reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Investigators believe Ryan was intoxicated by alcohol at the time of the crash and arrested him on a potential DWI charge.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Susan Rials Accident on Green Oaks Blvd in Arlington

Police think alcohol was a factor here. If their suspicions are proven right there may be more to this situation than just making sure a drunk driver has his day in court.

What makes DWI crashes unique is that the business that sold the suspect's drinks may bear some liability for the victim's injuries under dram shop law. That law says a licensed alcohol provider who sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated person may be responsible for any damage that person causes or suffers while under the influence.

Susan Rials Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on Green Oaks Blvd in Arlington, TX

I blog about dram shop law because many people who contact the firm want two things in near-equal measure: Help getting back on their feet after a crash, and accountability from everyone responsible for it. Police and the news have no problem shining the spotlight on drunk drivers, but they're far quieter about the negligent businesses that make those drivers dangerous.

So why don't investigators pay closer attention to those businesses and how they endanger the community through over-service? Shouldn't those bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and stores also face their own repercussions? Most certainly, and dram shop law is a crucial instrument in seeing that they do. However, making use of it often requires obtaining evidence of over-service through independent investigations because police are content simply to catch the driver and the TABC (the government body that regulates bar activity) rarely does more than fine the bar for its bad habits. Victims of DWI drivers deserve much more than to see a bar get a slap on the wrist for its reckless and illegal behavior.

While it's not clear if a dram shop violation occurred before the crash in Arlington, the injured victim deserves as many answers as possible. If there's a chance authorities will simply let some of those answers vanish without pursuing them, then other parties may need to step in to help.


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