• May 11, 2022

Jonathan Guzman Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Northpark Drive in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- April 16, 2022, 34-year-old Jonathan Guzman was injured in a motorcycle accident on Northpark Drive in Houston.

Reports say the incident happened around 1:50 a.m. on Northpark at the Eastex Freeway. Preliminary investigation and witness statements suggest Guzman was riding a Honda motorcycle north on the freeway service road when he started to make a left turn onto Northpark. The bike struck a curb median under the overpass, then continued west and hit another curb. After the second impact the bike went airborne into the grassy median beyond the curb.

Guzman fell off the motorcycle as it vaulted and was hit by it when it landed. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

Investigators noted smelling alcohol on Guzman's person at the scene. His girlfriend reportedly told them he was traveling to her home from a bar when the crash occurred. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jonathan Guzman Accident on Northpark Dr in Houston

Houston authorities are pretty touchy about DWI in the first place since Harris County typically leads the state in those accidents, but police seem to have plenty of reasons to suspect alcohol was a factor in this accident. If blood tests confirm that the victim may face some legal consequences, but it's not my place to remark on those.

Instead it seems more important to talk about how to help the victim after the crash. The law understands that someone can make a mistake while still considering whether anyone else was responsible for his injuries. If intoxication played a part in what happened then it's important the victim knows about Texas dram shop law and how it could help him.

Jonathan Guzman Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Northpark Drive in Houston, TX

Dram shop law basically says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause while under the influence. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments can be held legally accountable when they keep selling drinks to customers who then get in accidents like this one.

Not only does dram shop law help victims and families get back on their feet after such harmful experiences, it's also a way to punish negligent alcohol providers and keep them from putting communities in further danger. Despite reports mentioning a bar as the rider's previous stop before crashing, though, police may not make much effort to find out how he spent his time there. They might notify the TABC but otherwise do little to chase down possible negligence by local businesses.

If the victim was over-served and feels the bar should answer for that, he's probably better off working with independent investigators to locate the needed evidence. 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.

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