• July 21, 2022

David Ford Injured in Irving, TX Car Accident on Walton Walker Boulevard

Irving, TX — March 19, 2022, 64-year-old David Ford was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on Walton Walker Boulevard in Irving.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:50 a.m. on Walton Walker (Loop 12) near John Carpenter Freeway. Preliminary investigation suggests 29-year-old Mario Alvarez Mendoza was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche south on the roadway a short distance behind Ford in a Volkswagen Jetta.

Reports suggest Ford may have suffered a medical emergency and was traveling slowly in the left lane of the road. Mendoza, reportedly intoxicated at the time, failed to control the pickup's speed and crashed into the back of the Jetta.

Ford suffered serious injuries in the crash, some of which may have related to his medical emergency. Mendoza received minor injuries.

Blood tests later showed that Mendoza had a BAC of .223 at the time of the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on David Ford Accident in Irving

Blood tests seem to confirm that the suspect was highly intoxicated by alcohol when he rear-ended the victim. Some may think that's not particularly important except for ensuring the right charges follow, but it may have greater implications. For example, after DWI crashes another party--one often overlooked after those accidents--may also be responsible for the damage done.

David Ford Injured in Irving, TX Car Accident on Walton Walker Boulevard

When determining liability for alcohol-related wrecks, Texas and many other states look beyond the DWI drivers to the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If investigations show that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the Irving suspect before the accident that injured the victim, that business may be liable for the damage done under dram shop law.

Dram shop is a valuable but lesser-known legal tool that helps injured victims recover after serious accidents like this one. Moreover, it also helps ensure that law-breaking bars face consequences for reckless over-service. Will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here as they should, or is this another instance where an independent investigation would be more helpful?

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