• February 01, 2022

Luis Gallegos Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-259 in Nacogdoches County, TX

Nacogdoches County, TX -- January 1, 2022, 35-year-old Luis Gallegos was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 259 in Nacogdoches County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:15 a.m. on US-259N near Farm to Market Road 2664. Preliminary investigation suggests Gallegos was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe south on the highway when he lost control and veered left, passing through the northbound roadway and exiting its east side. He entered the northbound bar ditch, then the Chevy spun counterclockwise and crashed into a tree. It then overturned and came to rest on its left side.

Gallegos suffered serious injuries in the accident. When interviewed he reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before driving. A blood specimen was obtained for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Luis Gallegos Accident on US-259 in Nacogdoches County

Whenever reports say that both drugs and alcohol played a role in a crash, experience shows that alcohol usually has a greater effect on driving. I don't say to downplay the risks of drugged driving, but I'm also not here to scold the victim. That kind of finger-wagging isn't helpful and this is a blog, not a pulpit.

Some may feel that whatever criminal charges are brought against the driver more or less handle the consequences due after the crash and the investigation is essentially complete. However, that's not necessarily true. For instance, if alcohol played a significant role then it's important to find out where it came from. Why? Because whatever business sold it might be legally responsible for the victim's injuries, and if so may have a legal duty to help him recover.

Luis Gallegos Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-259 in Nacogdoches County, TX

The area of the law that applies to alcohol-related crashes is called dram shop law. In a nutshell it says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages they cause while under the influence. Whether it's a restaurant, a liquor store, a gas station, or even a grocery store, a licensed vendor in Texas has a responsibility to protect its customers and community--mostly from the effects of its own reckless over-service. If such a business served the victim far past his limits and that contributed to the crash on US-259, it deserves to face consequences just as the driver likely will. Moreover, it should make whatever amends it can for its role in the wreck.

With that said, I'm not pointing fingers at any specific business here. It's not clear if any dram shop violations took place before this accident, and not every DWI crash involves one. All we know is someone was seriously hurt and police suspect intoxication played a part in that. I think those facts alone warrant consideration that a local business might have been involved. If investigations show that to be true, that business should be held properly accountable.

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