One Injured in Wrong-Way Crash with 18-Wheeler on Chisholm Trail Pkwy in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — July 13, 2022, a 40-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on Chisholm Trail Parkway in Fort Worth.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:20 a.m. on Chisholm Trail near mile marker 745. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled roadster south in the northbound lanes of the road, the wrong direction, when he crashed with the front of a northbound Freightliner tractor-trailer. After the impact the Slingshot spun away and the driver was ejected.
The Polaris driver suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital. Investigators suspected he was intoxicated at the time of the accident and noted a plan to get his treatment records for confirmation.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Wrong-Way Crash on Chisholm Trail Pkwy in Fort Worth
If the wrong-way driver's treatment records confirm he was intoxicated as police suspect, some may think that mostly just means ensuring he faces relevant charges. However, knowing alcohol was a factor could mean there are other considerations. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a law-breaking business lets DWI accident victims and their loved ones seek much-needed help after a wreck like this one. Just as important, it makes sure that negligent businesses face real consequences for endangering their customers and the public.
Despite the importance of dram shop law, though, police don't invest many resources in tracking down businesses that break it. If one may have contributed to a DWI crash then it's often better to seek proof of that independently (with the right allies' help) instead of waiting for authorities to sort it out. Armed with evidence obtained by independent investigators, many people have successfully held negligent alcohol providers accountable for their role in the damage done.