Teenager Injured Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on US 84 in Brown County, TX
Brown County, TX -- June 11, 2022, a teenager was injured in , following an accident allegedly involving a drunk driver along US Highway 84.
In their initial reports, authorities said that the crash took place at around 8:05 p.m. along US 84 near FM 2126.
According to reports, an 18-year-oild girl was in a Nissan traveling out of a private driveway onto US 84. Doing so, a pickup on northwest lanes of the highway crashed into the side of the girl's car.
Due to the crash, the teenage driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported.
In reports, authorities alleged that the pickup driver was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Reports identified that driver as William Edgar Tindell Jr. The allegations cannot be confirmed at this time. Officials did not give any additional details.
Commentary on Car Accident on Highway 84 in Brown County
If the allegations here are true, it's important to look into more than just potential charges an intoxicated driver might face. Obviously that's important, but authorities generally are on top of all that. Meanwhile, there could be an accomplice that tends to get away with their involvement in these accidents that needs to be held accountable, as well: an alcohol provider.
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 someone is over-served by a bar, then causes harm to others as a result, that business contributed to that harm. As such, dram shop gives victims and families the tools to get that business to clean up its act while also getting some much needed help.
That's why, as important as they may be, I tend to focus on things besides just drunk driving charges. Texas law has avenues through which people can get the help they deserve. It's just a matter of giving them the information and the tools they need to explore those avenues. Considering an accident like this where a young lady is the one in need of help, I'd say it's far from an exception to that prudence.