• August 01, 2022

Calvin and Bernadette Fuller Injured in Car Accident in Clute, TX

Clute, TX — June 26, 2022, Calvin and Bernadette Fuller were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident near Crescent Heights Road in Clute.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:20 a.m. on the ramp from State Highway 288B to Crescent Heights. Preliminary investigation suggests Calvin Fuller, 50, was driving a Saturn Astra sedan on the highway when he reportedly straightened a curve in the exit toward Crescent Heights. The Saturn left the road and ran through the east ditch, then continued and hit a tree. It came to rest a short distance away in a field.

Fuller and passenger Bernadette Fuller, 52, suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Authorities believed Fuller was drinking alcohol prior to the accident.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Calvin and Bernadette Fuller Accident in Clute

Authorities suspected alcohol may have played a role in this accident. In most cases police look for proof of that either by drawing blood to test or getting the victim's hospital treatment records; it's unclear whether they did either here, but neither would surprise me.

If evidence confirms the driver was impaired then some might the only thing left is to charge him accordingly; between that and the injuries dealt many would probably assume that's more than enough consequences for him. However, there may be more to the story: If a local alcohol provider over-served the driver and made him too drunk to operate the vehicle safely, that business may be responsible for both victims' injuries under Texas dram shop law.

Calvin and Bernadette Fuller Injured in Car Accident in Clute, TX

When a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar or restaurant over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer and that customer causes or suffers injuries while under the influence, the business may be liable for the victims' injuries. If so, it would have a duty to help anyone hurt by its negligence get back on their feet.

Dram shop gives people hurt in DWI crashes (including the drivers themselves) the right to seek help from businesses that serve alcohol in excess to their patrons. It also teaches those businesses a serious lesson about getting their priorities straight and obeying the law. Not all DWI wrecks start with dram violations, and I'm not saying I know of a specific bar that misbehaved before the Clute crash. If police don't plan to find out for sure, though, an independent investigation may be best to help the crash victims with the difficult road to recovery.

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