• May 18, 2022

One Injured in Car Accident on Eastex Fwy in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- May 1, 2022, a 41-year-old man was seriously injured in a traffic collision on the Eastex Freeway in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on the freeway (US-59) near Northpark Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Mustang was traveling north at alleged high speeds when the driver failed to slow down or avoid a Chevrolet Tahoe ahead on the highway. The Mustang crashed into the back of the Tahoe, then lost control and veered into the concrete median barrier. It spun out after the impact, then came to rest in the far left northbound lane. The Tahoe traveled a short distance further north, then pulled over.

The Mustang driver suffered serious injuries in the collision. Neither of the Tahoe's occupants were hurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Car Accident on Eastex Fwy in Houston

If blood tests confirm the injured man was under the influence of alcohol as police believe, he may face some legal consequences for his choices. That's not really for me to remark upon, though, and he'll have his day in court for it.

Instead, it's more useful to talk about ways to help him get back on his feet after his injuries. The law understands that someone can make a mistake while still considering whether anyone else played a part in the damage done. For instance, if intoxication was a factor then it's important the victim knows about Texas dram shop law and how it could help him.

One Injured in Car Accident on Eastex Fwy 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--even to themselves--while under the influence. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments can be held legally accountable if they keep selling drinks to customers who get in accidents like the one in Houston.

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 its importance, though, police rarely do much about bad bars because their priorities generally lie elsewhere and they rarely have the time or resources to hunt down negligent businesses. It's often better to have independent investigators look into that rather than waiting for police to take action.

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