• May 05, 2022

Pedestrian Injured in Accident on North Lamar in Austin, TX

Austin, TX -- November 2, 2021, one person sustained injuries due to an accident where a vehicle struck a pedestrian along North Lamar Boulevard.

In reports, authorities say the collision happened at the intersection of North Lamar and Research Boulevard at around 5:30 p.m. It appears that a 64-year-old man was sleeping along the sidewalk when a vehicle hopped the curb, reportedly to get out of the way of an ambulance. Doing so, the vehicle ran over the man on the sidewalk, causing incapacitating injuries. Right now, police say alcohol may have been a factor. This and other details cannot be confirmed at this time.

Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on North Lamar in Austin

Pedestrian Accident North Lamar research boulevard Austin, TX

I certainly can't confirm if alcohol was indeed a factor here, who was intoxicated, or what role it played in the incident. That's not my place. But if alcohol was a factor, it's important to understand why that can be so complex for investigators. Things don't just end when you find out someone is drunk. Steps should also be taken to find out what role alcohol played in the accident and if that alcohol was served illegally to an obviously intoxicated person. This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Were authorities thorough enough to look into these possibilities? They could be crucial for getting people the help they need.

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