• July 28, 2022

Pickup Crashes into House on N Boston Ave, Four Injured in Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, TX — July 28, 2022, four people were hospitalized after a pickup truck crashed into a house on North Boston Avenue in Lubbock.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. at a home near North Boston and Duke Street. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a pickup truck was traveling through the area when the driver lost control for unknown reasons and plowed into the house.

Three people suffered minor injuries in the crash and a fourth sustained moderate injuries; all were taken to an area hospital for treatment. It's unclear whether the victims were in the house or the truck.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Lubbock Accident on North Boston Ave

Based on the way this crash was reported I have a sneaking suspicion many people immediately blamed alcohol. I won't deny that an early-morning crash into a house in a college town gives that impression, but as always it's important not to jump to any conclusions before investigators can put more of the puzzle together. Moreover, even if the driver made the mistake of being intoxicated that doesn't necessarily mean they're the only one responsible for the accident.

Pickup Crashes into House on N Boston Ave, Four Injured in Lubbock, TX

Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol vendors who over-serve their customers may also be responsible for the damage those customers do. If a bar or other business sells or serves more drinks to an obviously intoxicated person and then turns them loose on the road, that business may be liable for any injuries their customer causes or suffers while excessively impaired.

I'm not saying I know intoxication was a factor in Lubbock, let alone that some bar served the driver too much of it. At the very least both seem like things investigators should check into--and yet, even if they find the driver was drunk they aren't likely to trace the alcohol to its provider. The victims may need to find that out for themselves with the help of independent experts. If a bar's reckless over-service caused this crash then it should be held accountable and make what amends it can.

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