• May 23, 2022

One Injured in Car Accident on TX-31 in Smith County

Smith County, TX -- May 21, 2022, one person was hospitalized after a serious two-vehicle crash along State Highway 31 in Smith County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:15 a.m. on Highway 31 near County Road 2212. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge Charger was traveling east on the highway at unsafe speeds when the driver lost control. The car swerved through the roadway and entered the north bar ditch. It began to side-skid, hit a tree and overturned, then hit a culvert and briefly went airborne. It landed and came to rest on its passenger side.

The car's driver was ejected and suffered serious injuries. He was transported from the scene to a local hospital, where investigators say it was learned he was intoxicated.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Solo Car Accident on Hwy 31 in Tyler

Police say the driver in this crash was intoxicated. Some may think that pretty much explains everything and there's little else to say, but even if that suspicion turns out to be true that may not be the whole story. What if someone else's negligence contributed to his intoxication and the injuries he sustained? That's why dram shop law is an important consideration after a crash like this.

Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages their customer causes or suffers while under the influence. It's a useful tool to get people injured in DWI crashes the help they need, and it also helps hold negligent alcohol providers accountable for putting their customers and community in danger.

Maybe no dram violations happened here, but the possibility bears further investigation. If there may be a way to make the roads safer and to get an injured man the help he needs, isn't that worth looking into?

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