Passenger Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident off I-35 in Lewisville, TX
Lewisville, TX -- December 30, 2021, a 32-year-old woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident off Interstate 35 in Denton County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:20 a.m. on the northbound I-35 frontage road near Waters Ridge Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a 36-year-old man was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck northward when he allegedly failed to maintain a single lane and drove off the roadway. The truck passed through the roadside and crashed into nearby Timber Creek.
Witnesses followed the truck to the creek and observed the driver flee on foot. As they returned to the road they located the female passenger, who was somehow ejected and suffered serious injuries.
The driver was later located and reports say he was charged with intoxication assault. Blood samples were drawn for toxicological testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident off I-35 in Lewisville
If blood tests confirm intoxication was a contributing element in this crash, that could change what comes next. Texas takes alcohol-related crashes very seriously, to the point of also holding some businesses that sell it responsible for over-serving their customers. Those violations are dealt with by dram shop law.
People aren't always aware of this area of the law even though it helps many who face similar situations. In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers go on to cause or suffer harm while under the influence, that business may be considered liable for those injuries and must make whatever amends it can to the victims.
Too many reckless bars never face consequences because people don't know that DWI drivers aren't the only ones to hold accountable after a crash like this. Over-service from alcohol providers creates dangerously-drunk drivers and dram shop law is how those businesses are punished for disregarding the law. Furthermore, it provides injured victims a way to confront those negligent bars in court, securing both accountability and much-needed help at the same time. Will authorities make it a point to include the alcohol's source in their investigation, or is this another case where the victim should seek that help elsewhere?