• June 16, 2022

One Injured in Chain-Reaction Accident on TX-146 in Kemah

Kemah, TX — May 24, 2022, a 53-year-old man was seriously injured in a chain-reaction crash caused by a suspected DWI driver on State Highway 146 in Kemah.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:50 p.m. on TX-146 near 6th street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford SUV exited the lot of a nearby restaurant and bar and headed north on TX-146 at alleged high speeds.

At the light for 6th Street, the SUV crashed into the back of a stopped Ford Aerostar minivan. The impact pushed the Aerostar into a Chrysler Caravan minivan ahead of it, which in turn made the Caravan rear-end a Hyundai Elantra at the front of the line.

The Aerostar's driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. The SUV driver reportedly received minor injuries. The other two drivers were unhurt.

Police suspected the SUV driver, later identified as 23-year-old Serena Martinez, of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Chain-Reaction Crash on TX-146 in Kemah

If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police suspect, some may think that just means the alleged DWI driver will be charged accordingly. However, there may be other issues to address.

For one thing, criminal consequences won't help the injured victim get back on his feet. DWI crash victims deserve whatever assistance they can get with the often-difficult road to recovery, which is why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

One Injured in Chain-Reaction Accident on TX-146 in Kemah

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 alcohol vendor lets injured victims seek much-needed help, and it also makes sure the offending business faces real consequences for endangering its customers and the public.

I'm not saying I know a dram violation happened here, but police mentioned the suspect just left a restaurant/bar before the crash. Depending on the outcome of his blood tests, it seems prudent for investigators to look into how he spent his time there. Little as I like saying this, though, they may not bother.

Unfortunately police don't look too hard for dram shop violations despite the dangers they create. If a bar may have broken the law it's often better for independent investigators to seek proof of that. Armed with receipts, witness statements, security footage, and other evidence, many folks have successfully held negligent alcohol providers responsible for the damage they helped cause.

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