Michael Zinda Injured in Auto Accident on Sisterdale Rd in Boerne, TX
Boerne, TX -- April 25, 2022, 55-year-old Michael Zinda was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Sisterdale Road in Kendall County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:50 p.m. on North Sisterdale near School Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Zinda was driving a GMC Sierra pickup truck north on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup left the road to the right and entered the grass, then veered back through the road and into the grass on the other side. It overturned and rolled into a fence before landing upside-down on the property beyond.
Zinda suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators believe he was drinking alcohol prior to the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Michael Zinda Accident on Sisterdale Rd in Boerne
If clear evidence confirms 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 to make good with the state.
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.
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 these 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.