• July 07, 2022

Officer Injured in Car Accident on Central Expressway in Richardson, TX

Richardson, TX -- June 15, 2022, an officer was injured in an accident where a vehicle crashed into their squad car on Central Expressway.

According to reports, the crash took place along the northbound lanes of the Central Expressway near Campbell Road at around 10:00 a.m.

An officer reported that they were in their vehicle along the HOV lane of the expressway diverting traffic around a previous crash scene. While there, a Lincoln Navigator crashed into the officer's vehicle.

As a result of the collision, the officer reportedly had incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Reports suggest that alcohol was a factor in the crash, though this and other factors are still under investigation.

Commentary on Police Car Accident on Central Expressway in Richardson

While 10:00 a.m. is an odd time to see allegations of drunk driving, it's not at all unusual for officers hit along the highway. On the contrary, alcohol is an all too common hazard for on-duty officers. That's why it's important to understand that there can be more to a situation like this than just some criminal charges. There could also be a local business that contributed to all of this that is responsible for the officer's injuries.

Officer Injured in Car Accident on Central Expressway in Richardson, 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. For example, if someone goes out to brunch and gets wasted, that brunch spot may be contributing to that person causing an accident that hurts or even kills someone. Dram shop is a tool that both gives folks an opportunity to get the help they need while also seeing a negligent business held accountable for their actions just as drunk drivers face consequences for theirs.

I certainly can't say if anything like that happened here, but getting an officer as much help as they can get should be just as much a priority as seeing there are appropriate consequences for those that caused that harm.


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