Jefferson Woman Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 227 in Houston County, TX
Houston County, TX -- June 25, 2022, a Jefferson woman was injured after an accident where her vehicle crashed off FM 227.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 11:23 p.m. along FM 227 in the area of PR 593.
According to officials, a 36-year-old Jefferson woman was in a Hyundai Sonata traveling northbound on FM 227. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road where it went through a ditch, then hit a tree.
The Jefferson woman was taken from the scene with incapacitating injuries. Police said alcohol is a possible factor, but they did not confirm this.
Commentary on Jefferson Woman Car Accident on FM 227 in Houston County
Alcohol always catches the eye in these reports, and it's certainly important to consider with any serious wreck. Part of the reason for that is because investigations often reveal some local business played a role in the victim's injuries and can be held accountable. This is called dram shop law.
Dram shop law essentially says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Whether that's a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station, holding them accountable for putting lives at risk is the least one could do to address these issues. Even if the victim may also have mistakes to own up to, they still have rights under Texas law to pursue help whenever possible.
With all of that said, that's still one big "if." Authorities often bring up alcohol only for more thorough investigations to show it wasn't a factor at all. As such, looking into even less likely factors such as mechanical issues, tire failures, road hazards, medical conditions, or even some other driver that left the scene can show there's more to this crash than initial reports let on. Are proper steps being taken here to get to the bottom of what happened, one way or the other?