• June 08, 2022

Travis Wood Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 839 in Rusk County, TX

Rusk County, TX -- June 7, 2022, 35-year-old Travis Wood died in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 839 in Rusk County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. on FM 839. Preliminary investigation suggests Wood was driving north on the roadway when he allegedly failed to negotiate a leftward curve. His vehicle drifted off the road; he then over-corrected and it passed through both lanes before hitting a tree on the other side.

Wood, reportedly wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Travis Wood Accident on FM 839 in Rusk County

UPDATE (July 20, 2022): Later reports indicate the seriously-injured crash victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .198 at the time of the crash. I don't say that with any judgment, but evidence that he was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to investigate here.

As I briefly mentioned before, Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause--even to themselves. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is important for helping victims and families get back on their feet and protecting their communities.

Unfortunately, bad bars generally get little attention from police. If a dram violation is suspected then it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held negligent alcohol vendors accountable for the damage they helped do.

Travis Wood Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 839 in Rusk County, TX

ORIGINAL: After single-vehicle wrecks like this it's much too easy for people to jump to conclusions. Things like distraction, impairment, and speeding are all pretty common, so people have a tendency to blame every similar wreck on one or more of them. They're all worth investigating; it could even turn out that a local bar over-served alcohol to the driver and is liable for his crash under dram shop law.

However, just because some issues are common doesn't mean they can be taken for granted. It's important to consider less-common factors as well. Did the victim's vehicle have mechanical issues? Did he have any medical conditions that might have made him lose control? Was the road hazardous? Was anyone else around or involved and just left the scene?

Some may roll their eyes and say that's just overcomplicating things, but nobody can really be sure what happened unless all the possibilities are properly considered. A man was seriously hurt here, and that fact alone warrants finding out how and why. Anything beyond that depends on what is learned.

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