Alleged DWI Driver Injured in Crash on US-380 in Farmersville, TX
Farmersville, TX -- April 16, 2022, a suspected DWI driver was seriously injured in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 380 in Farmersville.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:45 p.m. on US-380 near South Hamilton Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lexus SUV was traveling west on the roadway when a Chevy Cobalt pulled out of a nearby driveway to turn onto eastbound US-380. The Chevy entered the Lexus' path and the SUV hit the car on its left side.
The Chevy driver suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Lexus driver received possible injuries.
Investigators at the scene reportedly determined the Chevy driver was under the influence of an intoxicant. He was transported to a local hospital with potential criminal charges pending his release.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident on US-380 in Farmersville
It's not my place to say whether or not the allegations here are true, but any mention of intoxication should be taken seriously. That's especially true after accidents where someone is seriously injured--even the alleged DWI driver--because recovery is almost always a long and difficult process. That's why knowing about unique areas of the law like dram shop law can be crucial for victims and families.
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for injuries resulting from that intoxication. That's true both for innocent parties hurt in crashes with DWI drivers and for the drivers themselves. If a crash is the result of illegal over-service by a bar or other alcohol vendor, the victims can hold that business accountable for its role in the accident. Not only can this be of significant help, it can also work to hold those businesses properly responsible for their recklessness and get them to clean up their act. Could it be that something like that happened here? Did authorities even check, or would it take an independent investigation to learn whether it was an issue?