William Proctor Injured in Auto Accident on I-45 in Corsicana, TX
Corsicana, TX — July 16, 2022, 41-year-old William Proctor was seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 45 in Corsicana.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:05 p.m. on northbound I-45. Preliminary investigation suggests Proctor was driving a Nissan Murano north in the right lane when he approached a Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling in the middle lane.
Reports say Proctor failed to control his speed and changed lanes unsafely to the left, crashing into the back of the semi-trailer. The Nissan then veered the road to the east and crashed into the bar ditch.
Proctor suffered serious injuries. Investigators noted a belief that he drank alcohol before the crash and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on William Proctor Accident in Corsicana
If evidence confirms intoxication was involved then some might the only thing left is to charge the driver accordingly; between that and his injuries many would probably assume that's plenty of consequences to go around since no one else was hurt. However, there may be other issues to look into as well. For example, a local alcohol provider might have over-served the victim and made him too impaired to drive. If that happened, the business may be responsible for his injuries under Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars, restaurants, and stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. That means any business that over-served the victim in Corsicana before he hit the truck may now have a duty to help him get back on his feet.
Basically if a business is willing to act illegally and endanger its community then it should answer for that. Over-service puts everyone at risk, from the intoxicated customers themselves to other drivers dealing with them on the road. When someone's hurt because a bar or store ignored the law and valued a few more bucks over public safety, everyone should want that business held accountable. If the victim can get some help recovering from his injuries in the process, that's certainly worth following through on.