• April 13, 2022

Helen Schodek Killed in Motorcycle Accident in Irving, TX

Irving, TX -- March 18, 2022, Helen Schodek was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle crashed with a car along the highway.

In their preliminary reports, authorities said that the crash took place at around 8:09 p.m. along the Airport Freeway/TX-183 near the Highway 161 intersection.

Officials say that 45-year-old Helen Schodek was on a motorcycle traveling westbound along the freeway. For reasons unclear, the motorcycle somehow crashed with a Chevy Equinox.

Schodek reportedly sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. The other driver did not have injuries. Police say alcohol was a factor, and reports claimed that tests showed Schodek had a .121 BAC following the wreck. This and other factors have yet to be confirmed.

Commentary on Helen Schodek Car Accident in Irving

Just to be clear up front, it is not my place to say if any of these details are accurate or not. I would have to see far more thorough, independent investigations to make any conclusions. However, any claim of alcohol is one that causes people to jump to all kinds of conclusions. I try to address situations like the one described here because the challenges that follow can often prove insurmountable without the knowledge and tools needed to navigate them. For that reason, I want to address dram shop law.

Helen Schodek Motorcycle Accident Irving, TX

To put it 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. Folks are often only concerned with drivers after claims of drunk driving, but the reality is our communities are often put in danger by local businesses who care more about making sales than they do the safety of their community or even their own customers. Having confronted hundreds of negligent businesses after serious accidents, folks would be shocked to see how little care some businesses have for the people they're serving.

As such, dram shop provides a possible opportunity for people to get the help they need and to confront those businesses and see they're held accountable for their actions. If some negligent business contributed to this crash, why wouldn't every step be taken to ensure they faced the appropriate legal consequences? Someone lost their life here. Investigations could show there were other factors that led to the crash which authorities overlooked, but even if authorities were right, there could still be more to the story the victim's loved ones deserve to hear.

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