• January 31, 2022

Phu Pham Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Chambers County, TX

Chambers County, TX -- December 23, 2021, Phu Pham was injured as the result of an accident where Pham's vehicle crashed off the side of the road.

Investigators said that the crash took place at around 12:25 a.m. along FM 563 in the area of Simon Road.

Officials reported that 19-year-old Phu Pham was in a Ford F-150 traveling southbound on FM 563. The vehicle ran off the side of the road, hit a culvert, and crashed.

Due to the crash, Pham had incapacitating injuries. Police allege that Pham was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. This and other details are under investigation.

Commentary on Phu Pham Single-Vehicle Accident in Chambers County

Unlike what most people do when they read about reports like this, I'm not here to sit around throwing stones at someone accused of driving drunk. Folks understand how dangerous it is, and lecturing people isn't going to help anything. Instead, it's important to understand what exactly an investigation into a crash like this may entail. It's not just about holding someone accountable for driving drunk. It's also about considering where a teenager got the alcohol and whether or not that party bears any responsibility for the crash resulting from that alcohol.

Phu Pham Single-Vehicle Accident Chambers County, TX

First of all, most everyone understands it's illegal to serve alcohol to a 19-year-old. There are certainly many ways minors can get their hands on alcohol, of course, so it's possible this all didn't really involve any local businesses. If it did, however, that establishment could be on the hook for illegally selling alcohol to a minor, but they could also be liable for the crash if they over-served that minor.

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. Like I said, most everyone understands how dangerous drunk driving is, and there are usually consequences for doing so. But if there's a local business contributing to serious accidents and selling alcohol to minors, shouldn't they, too, face the appropriate consequences? That's why there may need to be steps here to conduct independent investigations into the events preceding the crash. Making sure people are held accountable for their actions is important, but so is ensuring people have an opportunity to get as much help as they can.

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