Daniel Neckar Injured in Motorcycle Crash on FM 3149 in Ross, TX
Ross, TX -- April 16, 2022, 73-year-old Daniel Neckar was injured in a motorcycle accident on Farm to Market Road 3149 in McLennan County.
According to reports, the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on FM 3149 near North Katy Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Neckar was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on the roadway at speeds allegedly too high for a curve ahead. He lost control near the Katy Road intersection and the bike ran off the road. It came to rest in a nearby ditch and Neckar was ejected during the crash.
Reports say Neckar showed signs of intoxication at the scene; he allegedly admitted to consuming two drinks before his ride. Blood samples were collected for testing and Neckar was transported to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Daniel Neckar Accident on FM 3149 in McLennan County
If blood tests confirm alcohol was a significant factor here some may think that only affects what charges apply, but there might be further issues to address as well. For instance there's the matter of where the victim's drinks came from that night, which is important because of Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes--even to himself--while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless bar can help injured crash victims get much-needed help with the difficulties of recovery. Furthermore, it makes sure an offending business faces consequences for negligently endangering its customers and the public.
Having said that, it's important to recognize that alcohol is only a potential factor even if police feel they have reasons to suspect it. Clear evidence like blood test results is still needed before that suspicion could be called fact. Even if it's confirmed that still doesn't necessarily mean a dram shop violation occurred, but it's important to find out for sure--both to help the victim and to make sure a law-breaking bar gets the lesson it needs to change its ways.
So if dram shop violations are such a big deal, does that mean police will track down the drinks' source after this crash? Little as I like saying this, probably not. Law enforcement doesn't spend much time looking into dram shop violations, despite the importance of stopping them for good. If a bar is suspected of breaking the law, it's often better to work with independent investigators to get the needed proof of that. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many folks have successfully held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage their negligent over-service led to.