• July 20, 2022

Weston Rigal Injured in Crash on Winding Creek Trail in Comal County, TX

Comal County, TX — May 30, 2022, 28-year-old Weston Rigal was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Winding Creek Trail in Comal County.

According to reports the incident happened around 9:45 p.m. on Winding Creek at Tanglewood Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests Rigal was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe north on Tanglewood, allegedly evading pursuit from a county deputy, when he lost control at high speeds (estimated 80mph in a 30mph zone).

The SUV veered off the road at Winding Creek and hit a stop sign, then swerved around an eastbound vehicle in the roadway before crashing into some trees. Rigal ran away from the vehicle on foot after the crash but fell down nearby and hit his face. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, where blood was drawn as part of a DWI investigation. Test results later showed he had a BAC of .14 at the time of the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Weston Rigal Accident in Comal County

After reading the information in reports I have a feeling most folks are ready to just throw the book at the driver and then move on. He will likely face some pretty serious consequences for the various seemingly-poor choices he made that day, but before assuming "that's that" it's important to look at the broader context of the incident. Why? Because depending on where and how he ended up with a .14 BAC, a local business may share some responsibility for his crash and injuries.

Weston Rigal Injured in Crash on Winding Creek Trail in Comal County, TX

Texas dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, restaurant, store, etc) is prohibited from selling or serving drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. Put another way, if a business' staff can tell someone's past his limits but refill his glass or sell him a six-pack anyway, they broke the law. Period. When that happens--and it does far too often--the business may be liable for any injuries he causes or suffers while excessively impaired.

To be clear, not every DWI wreck starts with a dram shop violation. However, the possibility bears careful investigation in case a local bar or other alcohol vendor should be held accountable for its role in that young man's unfortunate decisions and the injuries he suffered as a result. If he can get help with his recovery and a local watering hole can learn an important lesson about getting its priorities in order, isn't that worth looking into?

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