• August 03, 2022

Lucerito Garcia Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on Post Oak Rd in Houston, TX

Houston, TX — July 5, 2022, 33-year-old Lucerito Garcia was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Post Oak Road in Houston.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:40 a.m. on Post Oak near Memorial Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Garcia was driving a Chevy Suburban south on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The Suburban traveled off the road to the right and crashed into a light pole.

Garcia suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted a suspicion that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Lucerito Garcia Accident in Houston

Authorities suspected alcohol may have played a role in this accident, but theories aren't facts unless evidence confirms them. In most cases police look for that evidence with blood tests or the victim's treatment records. It's unclear whether they got either here, but neither would surprise me.

If they find clear proof one way or another that the victim was intoxicated then some might the only thing left is to charge him accordingly. 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 inebriated to drive. If that happened, the business may be liable for his injuries under Texas dram shop law.

Lucerito Garcia Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on Post Oak Rd in Houston, TX

When a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar or restaurant over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer who then causes or suffers injuries while under the influence, that business violated dram shop law. Anyone hurt by that drunk customer may then seek help from the bar with the often-difficult road to recovery.

Dram shop gives people hurt in DWI crashes (including the drivers themselves) the right to seek help from businesses that negligently served them to excess. 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 Houston business that misbehaved (though it's unfortunately very common there). Will police be thorough enough to find out, or should an independent investigator take a closer look?

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