• June 23, 2022

Chase Crum Injured in Auto Accident on FM 1948 in Washington County, TX

Washington County, TX — May 15, 2022, 26-year-old Chase Crum was injured in a single-vehicle accident on FM 1948 in Washington County.

According to reports the wreck happened around 6:35 p.m. on FM 1948 near Wolf Creek Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Crum was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup east on the roadway at speeds allegedly too high for a curve. The pickup ran off the left side of the road and hit a barbed wire fence and a tree. It then spun away and overturned on its side.

Crum was ejected as the truck overturned and became trapped beneath it. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Chase Crum Accident in Washington County

Police noted the victim may have consumed alcohol before his accident. It's not clear where they got that unless they're just guessing based on what happened; speeding and impairment often go hand-in-hand, so that may have been all there was to police mentioning alcohol. However, if there's evidence steering them that direction, then simply confirming it may only tell part of the larger story. It may also be important to find out where that alcohol came from.

Chase Crum Injured in Auto Accident on FM 1948 in Washington County, TX

This is due to Texas dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. The law is a significant help to people injured in crashes like this, and it can also help to make the roads safer by holding bars accountable for liquoring up their customers and sending them on their way.

There's no way to say right now if alcohol was actually a factor here, let alone whether any business over-served it to the victim. However, it's important to at least understand what that might mean for the victim if that was the case. At the very least, being aware of this area of the law can't hurt.

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