James Addison Killed in Alleged DWI Driver Accident in Port Arthur, TX
Port Arthur, TX -- July 29, 2022, James Addison was killed following an accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver.
Authorities said that the crash took place at around 11:40 p.m. in the area of Gulfway Drive and Houston Avenue.
Officials said that 47-year-old James Addison was on a motorcycle which was hit by a car. As a result, Addison sustained fatal injuries.
Authorities allege that the other driver, identified as 40-year-old Christopher James, was intoxicated at the time. Reports list charges of Intoxication Manslaughter. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on James Addison Alleged DWI Driver Accident in Port Arthur
If the allegations here are true, then it's just infuriating to see yet another DWI headline, especially one resulting in a fatal crash. Drunk driving in particular is a plague all across Texas, which is why it's important to look at these awful events and understand what can be done for the victims and families as well as our communities. If alcohol was a factor here, one potential avenue for recourse is dram shop law.
To put it simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and even gas stations need to take responsibility for their role in these serious accidents when their negligence contributes to the conditions that lead to them. Not only does this offer some much needed help to those affected by the crash, it also gets those businesses to clean up their act before they cause more harm.
Over the last 30 years, I've helped hundreds of people confront negligent establishments following serious drunk driving wrecks. Like I said, it's unclear if that is what happened here. But red flags this big would be irresponsible to ignore. The sooner steps are taken to find out what all happened here, the sooner steps can be taken to get this family the help they deserve.