Justin Draeger Killed in Auto Accident on FM 485 in Milam County, TX
Milam County, TX — July 7, 2022, 31-year-old Justin Draeger was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 485 in Milam County.
According to reports the incident happened around 8:10 p.m. on FM 485 near CR 255. Preliminary investigation suggests Draeger was driving a Ford Explorer west in the eastbound lane, against traffic, when he approaching an oncoming vehicle. Reports say he swerved to avoid crashing and the Ford left the roadway, then overturned.
Draeger was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Justin Draeger Accident in Milam County
It sounds from reports like the victim lost control while driving the wrong direction in the road. There are many reasons why that could have happened--distraction from a cell phone, swerving off-course after hitting a rough or wet patch of road, or possibly intoxication, just to name a few--and it's important that investigators figure out which specific factors apply here. Knowing the truth about the accident's cause could drastically change what could or should be done about it in the wake of the terrible damage done.
For instance, if it turns out the victim was under the influence of alcohol then it would be important to find out where the drinks came from. I am making no assumptions about impairment as a factor, just considering it in a "what if" sense. If the victim was impaired, then any business that provided him with excessive quantities of alcohol might be considered responsible for his crash under Texas dram shop law. That business would then have a legal obligation to make what amends it could and help his loved ones with the often-difficult road to recovery.
To be clear, news reports and investigators didn't mention alcohol as a suspected factor here. They may check for signs of it due to the nature of the crash or as a matter of routine, but they'll also check many other possible factors and rightly so. The main priority here is to find the truth of what happened to help bring answers to the victim's family. If there are any other steps to take beyond that, knowing so would depend on what those answers turn out to be.