• June 21, 2022

Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on San Ann Rd in McLennan County, TX

McLennan County, TX -- May 7, 2022, a 52-year-old man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on San Ann Road in McLennan County.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:10 p.m. on San Ann near Overflow Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mazda 3 sedan was headed west on the roadway at alleged unsafe speeds for the road's gravel surface.

The driver lost control and the car traveled off the left side of the road. It then hit a utility pole and spun away, losing a wheel and overturning on its side. It came to rest with its roof against a tree.

The driver was partially ejected in the crash and suffered serious injuries. A 7-year-old child in the car received possible injuries but was able to climb out of the car and walk to a nearby home to get help.

Investigators noted a belief that the driver was drinking alcohol and noted there were open containers in the car. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident on San Ann Rd in McLennan County

If blood tests confirm that alcohol consumption was involved here as police suspect, that may mean there are further issues to consider--including whether a third party, often overlooked after such accidents, should face consequences as well.

The law understands that someone can make a mistake while still considering whether anyone else played a role in the damage done. For instance, drunk drivers face legal consequences of their own even as Texas dram shop law holds alcohol providers accountable for over-serving their customers and contributing to DWI accidents.

Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on San Ann Rd in McLennan County, TX

Under dram shop law licensed alcohol providers are prohibited from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so anyway and the customers cause or suffer injuries while under the influence, the businesses may be legally responsible for the damage done.

This law helps injured crash victims (including the alleged drunk drivers) seek much-needed help after they're hurt in alcohol-related accidents. Moreover, it makes sure bars and other alcohol vendors face consequences for endangering people with reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most vendors follow the rules, but the ones who don't should be held accountable for what happens when they liquor up a customer and send them on their way.

So will police trace the alcohol back to its source in case a business broke the law? Probably not; they rarely look for dram shop violations despite how important it is to stop them. It often takes independent investigation to ensure bad bars are held properly accountable and injured victims get the help they need and deserve.

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