• July 07, 2022

Michael Ruiz Injured in Motorcycle Accident off I-35 in Georgetown, TX

Georgetown, TX — June 17, 2022, 34-year-old Michael Ruiz was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident off Interstate 35 in Georgetown.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:35 p.m. on I-35 North near State Highway 130. Preliminary investigation suggests Ruiz and a passenger were riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on TX-130 when Ruiz attempted to make a right turn onto the I-35 frontage road. He lost control while making the turn and the bike overturned, then slid across the frontage road.

Ruiz suffered serious injuries in the crash. His passenger, a 31-year-old woman, reportedly received minor injuries.

Investigators suspected Ruiz was under the influence of alcohol and noted their intention to subpoena his hospital treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Michael Ruiz Accident in Georgetown

Police think alcohol consumption might have been a factor here. They may just be guessing because of how the crash occurred, but it looks like they believe it strongly enough to check what treatment records say.

Until those can be checked it's important not to assume anything. Alcohol is a plausible factor, but the crash could also have been caused by lots of other things--momentary distraction or inattention, slick or hazardous roads, other vehicles running the victim off-course, or a tire blowout just to name a few. It's important not to fixate on impairment just because it was suggested.

For the sake of argument, though, maybe tests will show the rider was impaired. That still doesn't mean everything is wrapped up, since it's still important to think of ways to help him and his passenger recover. One possible way to do that is Texas dram shop law.

Michael Ruiz Injured in Motorcycle Accident off I-35 in Georgetown, TX

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, and stores from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. When that happens the business may be legally responsible for any damage the customer causes or suffers while under the influence. Dram shop claims are among the best ways for injured victims to get much-needed help, and they also ensure that bad bars pay a price for reckless and illegal over-service.

With that said, I repeat that intoxication is only a theory at this time. Treatment records will help clear things up, but in the meantime it's important to give the rider the benefit of the doubt. If the facts point to impairment then there may be further considerations, but only time and careful investigation can say for sure.

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