Alvarado Man Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 3136 in Johnson County, TX
Johnson County, TX -- May 15, 2022, an Alvarado man was injured due to an accident where a pickup crashed off the side of FM 3136.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 8:45 p.m. along FM 3136 near County Road 318.
Officials said that a 20-year-old Alvarado man was in a Chevy Silverado traveling westbound along FM 3136. The vehicle somehow ran off the side of the road and crashed into a line of trees.
EMS say the driver had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Right now, police mention alcohol as a possible but currently unconfirmed factor.
Commentary on Alvarado Man Car Accident FM 3136 in Johnson County
Just to be clear, there are many times where police bring up alcohol only for evidence to show it had nothing to do with the crash. The same could prove true here. That's why it's important authorities consider other factors, such as mechanical issues, road hazards, medical conditions, etc. Just because something is unlikely doesn't mean it isn't worth any consideration.
That said, alcohol can create some complex legal hurdles, which are important to understand. Particularly, a crash involving alcohol can fall within dram shop law. The law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Whether that's a bar, liquor store, or restaurant, businesses should be held responsible for breaking the law and harming their community, even if the person harmed may have also made a mistake.
Again, I am not saying that happened here. It's simply one of the many factors authorities rarely look into on their own, so it may be best for independent investigators to look into what happened here.