Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on FM 120 in Grayson County, TX
Grayson County, TX — May 10, 2022, a 26-year-old woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 120 in Grayson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on FM 120 near Wild Kingdom Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Mazda 3 east on the roadway when she allegedly lost control in a curve while traveling at unsafe speeds. The car entered a side-skid and ran off the north side of the road, then hit a culvert and overturned. It rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.
The driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators determined she may have been intoxicated and noted they would subpoena her treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Car Accident on FM 120 in Grayson County
UPDATE (June 29, 2022): Later reports indicate the seriously-injured crash victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .225 at the time of the crash. I don't say that in judgment, but confirmation that she was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to investigate.
As I mentioned before, Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when helping victims get back on their feet.
Unfortunately, dram violations generally get little attention from police. If one is suspected then it's usually best for those affected to get help from independent investigators who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, social media activity, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.
ORIGINAL: Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If blood tests prove them right then the suspect may face some legal consequences for her choices, but that's between her and the state.
Instead of talking about that, I want to address a different part of alcohol-related crashes that could help the victim. When considering responsibility for a DWI wreck, Texas law looks beyond the drivers to where and how they drank. Depending on what they learn about that, a local business may have violated Texas dram shop law. That could have consequences of its own, some of which might help the victim.
In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. Dram shop law punishes law-breaking businesses for ignoring their duty to protect the public--mostly from themselves. It also grants injured victims the right to confront negligent bars in court and hold them responsible for their part in a crash.
Right now it's not even a certainty that alcohol was involved here, so even though I'm explaining a few things about dram shop law I'm not claiming to know for sure they apply. I only know from years of experience that it could have helped many people who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can.