• May 19, 2022

Adrian Burnett Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 1488 in Montgomery County, TX

Montgomery County, TX -- May 5, 2022, 33-year-old Adrian Burnett was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 1488 in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on FM 1488 at State Highway 242. Preliminary investigation suggests Burnett was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup north on the highway approaching the "T" intersection with FM 1488. Witnesses said he continued straight through the "T" at high speeds, then crashed into the north ditch and the wooded area beyond.

Burnett suffered serious injuries in the accident. No other vehicles or people were involved.

Investigators suspected Burnett was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Adrian Burnett Accident in Montgomery County

UPDATE (June 29, 2022): Later reports indicate the injured crash victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .256 at the time of the crash. I don't say that in judgment, but confirmation that he was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may add some further concerns to the investigation.

As I mentioned before, Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-overlooked step in an investigation.

Unfortunately, dram violations generally get little attention from police. If one is suspected then it's usually best for those affected to get help from independent investigators who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.

Adrian Burnett Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 1488 in Montgomery County, TX

ORIGINAL: It's not unusual for authorities to look into alcohol simply due to the time or circumstances of a crash. They also reportedly found a cold and half-full can of beer in the truck, which no doubt prompted them to look for impairment as a possible cause.

If blood tests show it was a factor as suspected, that could involve some complex issues worth investigating more thoroughly. More specifically, it could show that a local business was also partly responsible for the crash. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication.

Could something like that have happened here? It's possible, but unless the blood test results come back positive it's still important that other possible explanations get attention as well. Poor road conditions, bad visibility at night, a mechanical failure in the pickup, or any number of other factors could also have been involved. It's best not to jump to any conclusions from the sidelines as investigators continue connecting the dots. Any further steps and how best to help the victim may depend largely on what picture those dots make.

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