• July 21, 2022

Samuel Atilano Injured in Auto Accident on Doherty Ave in Mission, TX

Mission, TX — May 8, 2022, 33-year-old Samuel Atilano was injured in a traffic accident on Doherty Avenue in Mission.

According to reports the incident happened around 4:25 a.m. on Doherty at East 7th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Atilano was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche north on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup swerved out of its lane and crashed into the front left bumper of a parked and unoccupied Nissan Frontier.

The impact pushed the Nissan backward into a Ford F-150 parked behind it. Atilano continued northward a short distance before once again hitting a parked vehicle.

Atilano suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Investigators believe he was intoxicated at the time of the accident and drew blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Samuel Atilano Accident on Doherty in Mission

If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police suspect, some may think that just means the victim could face some related charges. However, there may be other issues to address.

For one thing, criminal punishment won't help him get back on his feet. Any DWI crash victim, even the suspected drunk driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Samuel Atilano Injured in Auto Accident on Doherty Ave in Mission, TX

Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless bar lets injured victims seek much-needed help and makes sure the offending business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public.

Unfortunately, even as they investigate DWI's police don't look too hard for dram shop violations. If a bar may have broken the law it's often better for independent investigators to seek proof of that. Armed with the evidence those experts find, many folks have held bad alcohol providers properly accountable for the damage they had a hand in.

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