Charles Briggs Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Cashell Wood Drive in Travis County, TX
UPDATE (June 14, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 52-year-old Charles Briggs.
Travis County, TX -- April 25, 2022, a 52-year-old motorcyclist was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Cashell Wood Drive in Travis County.
Reports say the incident happened around 12:50 a.m. on Cashell Wood near Anderson Mill Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the roadway when he lost control. The bike left the road and crashed into nearby community mailbox.
The rider suffered serious injuries in the crash. Blood tests later revealed he had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .201 at the time of the accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Charles Briggs Motorcycle Accident
Tests seem to have confirmed that the man hurt in this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication at the time. Some may think there's little else to say about that aside from any legal consequences that come his way, but they may not be aware that another party--one that too often gets away with its role in alcohol-related accidents--could be held accountable as well for his injuries.
Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol provider that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer does so illegally. When that happens and the customer causes or suffers injuries while impaired, the law may consider the negligent business (a bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) that over-served him liable for the damage done.
Not every DWI accident begins with a dram shop violation. Reports had nothing to say about where the victim drank, and I'm making no accusations or assumptions. However, it's important to know for sure as dram violations endanger both the over-served customers and the public.
Despite the importance of finding law-breaking bars and stopping them, though, law enforcement rarely takes initiative to do so. If a violation is suspected, victims and families are often better served by independent investigations rather than waiting on police to take action. With the evidence of over-service those investigators uncover, many folks are able to hold negligent businesses responsible for the terrible damage they helped cause.