• June 09, 2022

Victor Duran Injured in Motorcycle Accident on 10th Ave in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX — April 3, 2022, 46-year-old Victor Duran was seriously injured in a traffic accident on 10th Avenue in Amarillo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. on Southeast 10th at Bolton Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chrysler 200 sedan was traveling east on the roadway ahead of Duran's Harley-Davidson motorcycle. According to reports the Chrysler driver made an improper turn and crossed into the path of the Harley, causing Duran to crash into it.

Duran suffered serious injuries in the collision. Neither of the Chrysler's occupants were hurt.

Investigators suspected the Chrysler driver may have been intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Victor Duran Accident on 10th Ave in Amarillo

Police think the car's driver may have been intoxicated. They collected blood samples to find out for sure one way or the other, but it's important not to assume anything before the results come back. A crash like this could have been caused by lots of other things--momentary distraction or inattention, slick or hazardous roads, other vehicles, or a tire blowout just to name a few. I'm not saying any of those have to be involved, just that it's important not to get tunnel vision about impairment just because it was suggested.

For the sake of argument, though, maybe tests will show the driver was intoxicated. That still doesn't mean everything is wrapped up, since it's still important to think of ways to help the injured victim. One way to do that is Texas dram shop law.

Victor Duran Injured in Motorcycle Accident on 10th Ave in Amarillo, TX

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, and various stores from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. When that happens the business may be legally responsible for any damage the customer causes while under the influence. Dram shop claims are among the best ways for injured victims to get much-needed help, but they also ensure that bad bars are made sorry for their recklessness.

With all that said, I repeat that intoxication is only a theory at this time. Sometimes police find reasons to believe that at the scene, but other times they just guess based on what happened. Blood tests will help clear things up here, but in the meantime it's important to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. If the facts point to impairment then there may be further considerations, but right now it's best to focus on how else the victim can be helped in a difficult time.

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