• April 12, 2022

Rudy Chavez Killed in Rollover Accident on Yturria Ave in Raymondville, TX

Raymondville, TX -- March 20, 2022, 42-year-old Rudy Chavez was killed in a rollover accident on Yturria Avenue in Raymondville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:55 p.m. on Yturria Avenue near North 4th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Chavez was driving a Chevy Malibu east on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons and veered left. The Chevy struck the back right side of a parked and unoccupied GMC Sierra pickup, then overturned on its roof. It slid a short distance on its roof before coming to rest in the road.

Chavez suffered fatal injuries. Authorities noted a belief that he had consumed alcohol before the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Rudy Chavez Accident on Yturria Ave in Raymondville

Police believe the victim of this crash was intoxicated at the time. Some may feel there's little else to say about that since his tragic passing means he's beyond any legal consequences, but they may not realize that there's often another party to hold accountable for its role in the accident.

Texas and many other states broaden the scope of responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond just the drivers themselves to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If investigations show that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the victim prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for his death under dram shop law.

Rudy Chavez Killed in Rollover Accident on Yturria Ave in Raymondville, TX

When an alcohol provider keeps serving an obviously intoxicated customer and that customer's impairment leads to injuries or death--even his own--dram shop law may hold that business liable for the damage done. It would then be expected to make whatever amends it could to the people hurt by its reckless over-service.

Dram shop law is a valuable but under-utilized tool to help victims and families after DWI accidents. Will the authorities overlook the possibility of a dram shop violation as they so often do, or are steps being taken to make sure the victim's family gets the help they need and deserve?

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