One Injured in Auto Accident on FM 306 in New Braunfels, TX
New Braunfels, TX -- May 23, 2022, a 22-year-old woman was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on FM 306 in New Braunfels.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:05 a.m. on FM 306 near Goodwin Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Toyota Camry north on the roadway, followed at some distance by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
Reports suggest the Chevy driver failed to control the truck's speed and crashed into the back of the Toyota.
The Camry driver sustained serious injuries in the crash. A 1-year-old child in the car and the Chevy driver were both unhurt.
Investigators suspected the Chevy driver was under the influence of alcohol but reports suggest she refused to provide samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Car Accident on FM 306 in New Braunfels
Police seem to believe the at-fault driver was impaired by alcohol, but she apparently didn't feel cooperative when they tried to verify that. Usually in that situation investigators get a warrant, but one way or another they usually get what they need to find out if they're right.
If evidence shows alcohol was a factor as suspected, the driver may face some legal consequences. Some may think that's basically the end of the matter, but investigators shouldn't stop there. Instead, they should also look into where her drinks came from. But why is that important?
Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars, restaurants, or liquor stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. That means any business that over-served the driver in New Braunfels may now have a duty to help the victim she crashed into.
To be clear, though, right now alcohol is only an unproven theory that must be confirmed with evidence before any further steps could be taken. There may not even be a negligent bar to find; not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation. It's just important to know for sure one way or the other when alcohol consumption may be directly tied to injuries.