• March 09, 2022

One Injured in Car Accident on S Austin Avenue in Georgetown, TX

Georgetown, TX -- November 4, 2021, a 40-year-old man was seriously injured in a traffic collision on South Austin Avenue in Georgetown.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:10 p.m. on South Austin at West 7th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lincoln MKZ sedan was northbound in the left lane of Austin Ave as a Nissan Altima was traveling south in the opposite left lane. Reports indicate the Lincoln driver crossed left of center near the 7th Street intersection and collided head-on with the Nissan.

A passenger in the Lincoln suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Lincoln driver was unhurt and the Nissan driver received possible injuries.

Authorities suspected the Lincoln's 36-year-old driver of being intoxicated; the driver reportedly refused to provide samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Car Accident at S Austin and W 7th in Georgetown

Police seem to strongly believe the at-fault driver was intoxicated, but she apparently didn't feel cooperative when they tried to verify that. Usually in that situation investigators get a warrant, but one way or another they usually get what they need to find out if they're right about intoxication.

If evidence shows alcohol was a factor as is suspected, the suspect may face some legal consequences for her choices. Some might consider that more or less the end of the matter, but investigators shouldn't stop there. Instead, they should also look into where her drinks came from. But why would that matter?

One Injured in Car Accident on S Austin Avenue in Georgetown, TX

Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars, restaurants, or liquor stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. That means any business that over-served the driver in Georgetown before turning her loose on the road may now have a duty to help her injured passenger.

To be clear, though, right now alcohol is only an unproven theory. First the necessary evidence to confirm it must be found before anyone tries locate a negligent bar that over-served it. There may not even be one to find; not every DWI case also involves a dram shop claim. It's just important to know for sure one way or the other when alcohol consumption may be directly tied to injuries.

Unfortunately, police don't spend much time looking into dram shop violations even though it's important to stop that behavior whenever it's found. However, few would say it's harmless to let a business over-serve its customers and then send them on their drunken way. If police aren't interested in stopping that dangerous behavior, independent investigations may be needed to find and properly deal with it.

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