• June 29, 2022

Michael Richardson, Patricia Richardson, 2 Injured in Car Accident in Tom Green County, TX

Tom Green County, TX -- May 27, 2022, Michael Richardson, Patricia Richardson, and two others were hurt in a possible drunk driving accident.

Investigators were called out to the area of US Highway 87 and Llano Street at around 10:45 p.m. According to reports, 52-year-old Michael Richardson and 80-year-old Patricia Richardson were in a Chevy Silverado traveling northbound on US 87. At Llano, a westbound car reportedly driven by a 19-year-old went through a stop sign and crashed into Richardson's vehicle.

Due to the collision, Michael and Patricia Richardson reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries, as did a 20-year-old woman in the other car. The driver of that car, identified only as a 19-year-old San Angelo man, was said to have incapacitating injuries.

Right now, authorities say they believe the teen driver was under the influence of alcohol. This and other factors remain unconfirmed at this time.

Commentary on Michael Richardson, Patricia Richardson Car Accident in Tom Green County

It's obviously concerning to see claims of a teenager being under the influence of alcohol at all, let alone behind the wheel. If those allegations turn out to be true, there would no doubt be consequences for that. But part of that would have to be finding out where the alcohol came from. Not only could that party be in serious trouble for giving alcohol to someone underage, but a business could even be liable for contributing to the accident itself.

Michael Richardson, Patricia Richardson, 2 Injured in Car Accident in Tom Green County, TX

Texas has what's called dram shop law. It basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If there's a business so unscrupulous it sells to underage patrons, it wouldn't be a big leap for them to also over-serve people. Getting them to take responsibility, then, could get the victims some much needed help while also getting the business to finally clean up its act before more people get hurt.

Again, that may not be exactly what happened here, but it's important to keep these things in mind so folks know they're getting every possible opportunity to make things right and get back on their feet.

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