Richard Rivera Injured in Auto Accident on South Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX -- April 30, 2022, 57-year-old Richard Rivera was injured in a traffic accident on South Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. on SPID near Blanche Moore Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-150 was traveling north in a PetSmart parking lot when the driver disregarded a stop sign on the way to a nearby Friday's lot. The pickup passed through the crossing and entered the path of Rivera's westbound Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The two collided in the crossing and Rivera was ejected, suffering a possible broken leg in the crash.
Rivera was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Investigators allege he was found to be intoxicated at the time of the collision and blood samples were collected as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Richard Rivera Accident on SPID in Corpus Christi
Police seem to think the motorcyclist who was injured in this accident was intoxicated at the time. If blood tests prove them right he may face some consequences for operating the bike while under the influence, but at the same time it seems like that's almost coincidental to the crash. The other driver's failure to yield seems more likely to be the real cause, at least the way it's described in reports. However, one could argue that the rider's impaired state kept him from reacting as well as he could have in a normal frame of mind. If his reflexes were inhibited by alcohol, then intoxication might still be considered a primary cause of his injuries.
If that's the case there's another issue to look at more closely: Where the alcohol came from. Some may not think that's particularly important, but Texas dram shop law says that a business which sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be responsible for the damage that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. That would mean if the victim was over-served at a local business and then couldn't successfully steer clear of the pickup because he was inebriated, the business behind those drinks may be legally accountable for his injuries. It would then have a duty to help him get back on his feet.
Like I said at the beginning, unlike many DWI crashes alcohol may not really be the proximate cause of the victim's damages here. However, careful investigation is still needed to find out what contribution (if any) it made to the injuries caused in the collision. Depending on what's learned, it's important that the victim know all of his rights and ways he might seek help with his recovery.