Charles Cobb, Jake Flowers Injured in Car Accident in Denton, TX
UPDATE (June 23, 2022): Sources identified the other individual injured in the crash as 27-year-old Jake Flowers. Additional details about the accident remain unconfirmed.
Denton, TX -- May 29, 2022, Charles Cobb and another person were injured after a car accident on the highway.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 12:40 a.m. along Elm Street/US Highway 77 off Donna Road.
Authorities said that 28-year-old Charles Cobb and a 27-year-old man were in a vehicle traveling northbound along Elm when the vehicle lost control and crashed on the median.
Due to the crash, reports listed both Cobb and the other occupant as having incapacitating injuries. Authorities mentioned looking into alcohol as a possible factor, but the cause of the crash remains unconfirmed at this time.
Commentary on Charles Cobb, Jake Flowers Car Accident in Denton
Just to be clear up front, seeing police bring up alcohol is not confirmation that alcohol was a factor in the crash. I can't begin to count how many times my team looked into a crash only to find police were way off base. This could involve anything from fatigue to medical conditions to road hazards to a tire blowout, and it's important investigations are unbiased enough to let the facts speak for themselves.
With that said, what if the facts do show that alcohol was involved here? Well, there could be consequences for whoever was driving drunk, but there may also be a local business responsible for contributing to the victims' injuries. That may sound unusual, but it has to do with dram shop law.
In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Whether that's a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station, having that business held accountable for their actions can be a help to the victims and families involved as well as the community that establishment would likely otherwise continue putting in danger.
Again, that might not have anything to do with this crash, but it's worth understanding the potential challenges that can stand between victims and the help they need. I see no reason to treat this situation as an exception.