Driver Injured in Car Accident on EE Hatchett Street in Bloomington, TX
Bloomington, TX — May 20, 2022, a 31-year-old man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on North E.E. Hatchett Street in Bloomington.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Hatchett Street near Houston Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Buick LeSabre sedan south on the roadway approaching the Houston intersection. He allegedly lost control and the vehicle veered to the left off the road.
The car traveled into a nearby culvert and then hit a stop sign and street sign. It went airborne and rolled over, landing on its passenger side between a tree and a utility pole.
The driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators believe he was intoxicated at the time and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Car Accident on EE Hatchett St in Bloomington
If blood tests confirm alcohol was a factor here some may think that just means the driver will be charged appropriately, but there are other issues to address. For one thing, criminal consequences won't help that man get back on his feet after his accident. Any DWI crash victim, even the driver himself, deserves any assistance they can get with the hard road ahead. With that in mind we should talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless bar can help an injured victim seek much-needed help with the difficult and often-expensive process of recovery. Furthermore, it makes sure an offending business faces consequences for negligently endangering its customers and the public.
So if alcohol really was a factor does that mean police will track down the drinks' source? Little as I like saying this, probably not. They don't often look into dram shop violations, so if a bar may have broken the law it's often better for independent investigators to seek proof of that. Armed with receipts, witness statements, security footage, and other evidence, many folks have successfully held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage their negligent over-service led to.