• May 20, 2022

Francisco Gudino Jr. Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on House Rd in Waller County, TX

Waller County, TX -- May 4, 2022, 40-year-old Francisco Gudino Jr. was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on House Road in Waller County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on House Road near Farm to Market Road 1489. Preliminary investigation suggests Gudino was driving a Chevrolet Silverado west on House when he lost control on the dirt road. The truck veered right and exited the roadway, entering the north barrow ditch. Gudino over-corrected left and hit a barbed-wire fence, at which point the truck overturned and rolled. It came to rest upright in a pasture beyond the fence.

Gudino suffered serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to an area hospital. An investigator at the scene reported smelling alcohol on his person and in his vehicle as well as finding a damaged alcohol container in the truck. Police planned to get a subpoena for his treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Francisco Gudino Jr. Accident on House Rd in Waller County

Any time authorities bring up alcohol as a possible factor it deserves serious consideration. Having said that, I want to be clear that I don't write this blog to preach about the evils of alcohol or wag a judgmental finger at allegedly-intoxicated drivers. Folks generally understand the dangers of drunk driving without a sermon from me, and quite frankly the authorities tend to focus more on possible charges they could file rather than actually helping the people involved.

Francisco Gudino Jr. Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on House Rd in Waller County, TX

That's why I focus my attention and my blog on lesser-known or underutilized areas of the law like dram shop law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication--even when the person injured is the DWI driver himself.

Since dram shop can both get people some much needed help and hold a negligent business accountable for its part in someone's injuries, why doesn't this legal avenue get more attention? It frustrates me to think about how many people could have held a reckless business responsible for over-service but never knew they had the right to.

I'm not saying any business was necessarily negligent here. I only know what reports say, and at this point alcohol is just a theory no matter how strongly police believe it. If hospital records confirm that theory, though, it's important to determine the alcohol's source and take the needed action. Dram shop violations are an issue that law enforcement and the public should pay more attention to.

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