• April 22, 2022

Clint Smith Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Houston Street in Jasper, TX

Jasper, TX -- April 7, 2022, 51-year-old Clint Smith was injured in a single-vehicle accident on East Houston Street in Jasper.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:50 p.m. on Houston Street near Bowie Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Smith was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup truck east on the roadway when he allegedly failed to control his speed and crashed into a light pole.

Smith suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted a suspicion he was intoxicated at the time.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Clint Smith Accident on Houston St in Jasper

If blood tests or hospital treatment records confirm that alcohol consumption was involved here as police suspect, there may be further considerations to this crash--including whether a third party, one often overlooked after such accidents, should face consequences for its role in the damage done.

Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. This law helps injured victims (including the alleged DWI drivers) seek badly-needed help after a crash. Moreover, it makes sure businesses face consequences for endangering people with reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most businesses follow the rules, but the ones who don't should be held accountable for what happens when they liquor up a customer and send them on their way.

Clint Smith Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Houston Street in Jasper, TX

With all that said, though, impairment is only a theory at this point even if police strongly suspect it. They'll need proof, which is what blood tests and treatment records are meant to provide. As police wait for that evidence to become available they should still look into other possible explanations and not put all their eggs in one basket. The driver could simply have lost control while distracted, for instance, or the pickup could have hit a bad patch of road and gone off-course. That's just two non-alcohol-related reasons for the crash, and they and many others deserve consideration before decisions are made.

If police prove intoxication was involved, though, does that mean they'll trace the alcohol back to its source? Not likely. They rarely look for dram shop violations despite how important it is to put an end to those for good. It often takes independent investigation to ensure negligent businesses are held properly accountable and an injured victim gets the help they need.


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