• May 25, 2022

Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-40 in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX -- May 5, 2022, a 20-year-old woman was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 in Amarillo.

Authorities say the incident happened just after midnight on I-40 near South Hayden Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Chevy Malibu east on the interstate when she lost control for unknown reasons. The car drove into the grass between the main highway and the frontage road, then continued east for some distance until it hit the concrete base of a road sign.

The driver suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision and was rushed to an area hospital. Investigators suspected she was under the influence of alcohol and blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Car Accident on I-40 in Amarillo

Seeing police even mention alcohol as a possibility is sometimes enough for people to take it as guaranteed. That's not true, however, and it's important to keep an open mind while the investigation continues. It's still possible something besides alcohol was behind this accident--wet roads, vehicle malfunctions, other cars that left the scene--which is why it's so important to ensure there are thorough investigations after just about every crash.

However, the thought that an underage person might have been impaired at the wheel is troubling--especially if a third party out there deliberately sold or served her alcohol despite her not being of age to drink it. There would be at least two specific legal issues to investigate further there: One, any business selling drinks to people under 21 should face consequences for that, and two, if they over-served the customer to the point she couldn't control her vehicle then they may have broken dram shop law. If so, the law may consider them liable for her injuries.

Overall I'd say it's important in the course of the investigation to find out not only whether alcohol was really involved (which blood tests should confirm or disprove) but also where it came from. Will police make the effort to trace the drinks back to their source in case a local business is serving underage people--potentially to dangerous degrees? It's hard to say, but in my experience law enforcement doesn't look very hard for law-breaking bars. If the victim was over-served somewhere, gathering proof of that and getting her the help she deserves may require an independent investigation.

Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-40 in Amarillo, TX

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