Teenager Injured in Alleged DUI Accident on Wright Road in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- January 16, 2022, a teenager was injured due to an accident where a vehicle crashed along the side of the road.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 8:25 p.m. along Wright Road off Charles Road.
In their reports, investigators said that an 18-year-old was driving a Honda ATV along Wright Road when the vehicle lost control, ran off-road and crashed into a gate.
The driver sustained incapacitating injuries in the crash. Police allege that he'd been drinking. Additional details are still under investigation.
Commentary on Teenager Alleged DUI Accident on Wright Road in Harris County
It's obviously serious that police believe a teenager was driving around while intoxicated. One thing that needs attention in these situations is where that alcohol came from. There are plenty of ways an 18-year-old can get their hands on alcohol, but obviously if someone provided it to them, that person can face serious consequences for that.
Perhaps more concerning, though is the possibility a business sold them the alcohol. They could then be responsible not just for serving them alcohol but also for the victim's injuries. Dram shop law says an alcohol provider can be liable for injuries resulting from an accident caused by someone they over-served. Is that something the authorities looked into here? If only to make sure people have a chance to get the help they need, steps should always be taken to make sure victims their loved ones understand what legal avenues are available to them.