Derrick Washington Injured in Grand Prairie, TX Car Accident on Belt Line Rd
Grand Prairie, TX — May 28, 2022, 35-year-old Derrick Washington was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on South Belt Line Road in Grand Prairie.
Authorities say the incident happened around9:25 p.m. on Belt Line (FM 1382) near East Warrior Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests Washington was driving a Dodge Dart south on the roadway when he lost control. The car veered right, exited the roadway to the west, and hit a tree.
Washington suffered serious injuries in the crash. Two young children in the car received minor injuries.
Investigators suspected Washington of being impaired and collected blood samples for testing. A preliminary charge of felony DWI was also recorded on the report.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Derrick Washington Accident on Belt Line Rd in Grand Prairie
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police suspect, some may think that just means the driver will be charged accordingly. However, there may be other issues to address.
For one thing, criminal consequences won't help the injured man recover. Any DWI crash victim, even the suspected drunk driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the long road ahead. That's why it's important to 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 lets injured victims seek much-needed help. It also makes sure the offending business faces real consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Unfortunately police don't look too hard for dram shop violations. If a bar may have broken the law it's often better for independent investigators to seek proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, security footage, and other evidence, many folks have successfully held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.