• July 26, 2022

Hannah Hart, Infant Injured in Crash on TX-30 in Brazos County

Brazos County, TX — June 27, 2022, 29-year-old Hannah Hart and an infant in her vehicle were injured in a crash on State Highway 30 in Brazos County.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on TX-30 near William Fitch Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests Hart was driving a Toyota 4Runner south on the highway she she lost control for unknown reasons. The Toyota veered through the road and left its east side, crashed through multiple fence posts, and hit a tree.

Hart and a 1-year-old boy in the vehicle suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Police suspected Hart of being under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Hannah Hart Accident on TX-30 in Brazos County

It looks from reports like police thought the driver was intoxicated when she crashed. I can't speak to that one way or the other, though, and rather than speculate or point fingers it's best to wait for clarification when the blood test results are available.

If they confirm that she was impaired at the time, some may think that aside from related charges there's not much else to say about it. However, many folks aren't aware that there may be another party to hold accountable for these wrecks: The businesses that serve alcohol.

Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol vendor (bar, restaurant, nightclub, store, etc) that sells or serves more drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries that customer causes or suffers while under the influence.

Hannah Hart, Infant Injured in Crash on TX-30 in Brazos County

Not every alcohol-related crash begins with or involves a dram shop violation, but they're still far more common than some people may realize. Other people may just be surprised to learn that over-service is actually illegal, having witnessed bars break the law that way many times. In either case, dram shop claims serve the dual purposes of holding those bars responsible and ensuring the victims of their recklessness get the help they deserve.

Unfortunately police usually stop at the drivers and don't put much effort into figuring out where their alcohol came from. That's why I often recommend independent investigations to make sure all the aspects of the crash get attention and that everyone responsible for it is held accountable.

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