• April 13, 2022

Cosme Vazquez, Ruben Casillas, Matthew Atkisson Injured in Car Accident in Bell County, TX

UPDATE (September 13, 2022): Officials gave details identified the other two victims involved in the crash as 48-year-old Cosme Vazquez and 43-year-old Ruben Casillas. Police said they were investigating intoxicated driving as a possible factor, but this cannot be confirmed at this time.

Bell County, TX -- March 22, 2022, Matthew Atkisson and two were injured due to an accident where two vehicles crashed head-on.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:50 p.m. along FM 439 near Martin Drive.

Preliminary reports said that 46-year-old Matthew Atkisson was in a Dodge Ram 1500 traveling eastbound along FM 439. For reasons unclear, the pickup reportedly went left of center and crashed head-on with a westbound Volkswagen Jetta.

Two people in the Volkswagen reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Atkisson reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. Right now, the cause of the crash has not been confirmed.

Commentary on Cosme Vazquez, Ruben Casillas, Matthew Atkisson Car Accident in Bell County

Just to be clear, it's not for me to verify or contradict claims from police that intoxicated driving may have been a factor here. Instead, I try to shine a light on complex areas of the law victims and families may encounter on their journey to recovery. If alcohol contributes to a crash, that journey can be rather complex due to dram shop law.

Cosme Vazquez, Ruben Casillas, Matthew Atkisson Injured in Car Accident in Bell County, TX

Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Holding them accountable means getting folks some much needed help while also getting that business to clean up its act before more people get hurt. Maybe that won't apply to this specific accident, but it's something to keep in mind when working toward whatever resolution there can be here.


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