• April 12, 2022

Brendan De Rouen Injured in Car Accident in San Jacinto County, TX

San Jacinto County, TX -- March 24, 2022, Brendan De Rouen was injured due to an accident where two vehicles collided, possibly due to alcohol.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:53 p.m. along FM 1725 in the area of Fostoria Tram Road.

Initial investigations said that a Chevy Silverado was traveling southbound along FM 1725. While rounding a curve, the pickup somehow went into oncoming lanes, crashing with a northbound Nissan Altima reportedly driven by 23-year-old Brendan De Rouen.

Authorities said that De Rouen had incapacitating injuries while the Chevy driver reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, but this was not confirmed.

Commentary on Brendan De Rouen Car Accident in San Jacinto County

Obviously a vehicle crossing into oncoming lanes is serious, but things become uniquely complex whenever alcohol is a factor. Finding out the cause of this crash is clearly important, but if investigations show alcohol did contribute to the crash, that may require more thorough investigations than people may realize. This is due to the fact those accidents can involve not only the drivers but also local businesses.

Brendan De Rouen Car Accident San Jacinto County, TX

That may sound unusual, but it has to do with Texas dram shop law. Basically, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If someone is on their way home from a bar, and that bar recklessly over-served them, leading to a serious crash, that bar broke the law and contributed to a serious accident. So why should they just move on like nothing happened, even benefiting from the sales they made leading up to the collision?

That's why dram shop is important for the victims and families as well as the community as a whole. Across the hundreds of negligent alcohol providers I've confronted over the years, not once can I recall a business held accountable through dram shop law that didn't immediately clean up its act. On top of getting folks the help they need, shouldn't that be reason enough to investigate these factors whenever possible? Did authorities ever look into these possibilities here?

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