Steven Erler Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Shiloh Rd in Mexia, TX
Mexia, TX — June 1, 2022, 32-year-old Steven Erler was injured in a motorcycle accident on Shiloh Road in Limestone County.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:40 p.m. on South Shiloh at East Conrad Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Erler was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on the roadway behind a Ford F-250 pickup with an attached trailer. Erler allegedly failed to control the bike's speed and crashed into the rear of the trailer.
Erler reportedly suffered serious injuries in the crash. Police noted that he was combative with medics and allegedly admitted to being intoxicated before he was transported to a hospital. Investigators noted a plan to subpoena his treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Steven Erler Accident on Shiloh Rd in Mexia
Given the rider's reported confession of being drunk it's not shocking that police think intoxication was a big factor here. His treatment records should show just how much of a role it played, but depending on what's learned he may face some legal consequences. That isn't for me to talk about, though, so instead let's look at ways to help him get back on his feet.
The law understands that someone can make a mistake and also consider whether anyone or anything else is also to blame. Drunk driving wrecks are examples of that idea: The drivers face legal consequences for their choices even as Texas dram shop law holds the negligent businesses that got them too intoxicated accountable for over-serving them.
When bars or other licensed businesses sell or serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers, the law says they may be liable for any injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. The business would then have to help the people hurt by its negligence with the often-long and difficult road to recovery.
Not every DWI accident starts with a dram violation, but it's always important to find out whether a bar or other business endangered its customers and community by illegally over-serving its patrons. So will police find out where the rider's drinks came from in Mexia? Frankly, I doubt it.
Police don't look too hard for dram shop violations despite how important it is to put a stop to them. People injured in drunk driving accidents are better off having independent investigators look for the evidence they need to hold such a negligent business responsible.