Robert Orme Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on Spring St in Crockett, TX
Crockett, TX — July 9, 2022, 31-year-old Robert Orme was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Spring Street in Crockett.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:40 a.m. on Spring Street near Dodson Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Orme was driving a Chevrolet Suburban east on Spring when investigators believe he tried to turn right on Dodson. He reportedly overshot the turn and crashed into a ditch. He allegedly fled the scene on foot temporarily but returned before police got there.
Orme suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators reported he was extremely intoxicated and fought with police at the scene before he was transported to a hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Robert Orme Accident in Crockett
Police reported the victim of this crash was "extremely intoxicated" when they arrived. If he got as punchy as they say that seems like an understandable belief, but they'll still need to get clear proof before it's more than a theory. If treatment records or blood tests confirm he was intoxicated, he may be headed for some trouble with the law. That's not for me to remark on though, and is between him and the courts.
Instead I want to look at ways to help him get back on his feet. Any DWI crash victim, even the suspected drunk driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. Moreover, as harsh as public opinion can be about drunk drivers in many cases the law considers DWI crashes not entirely their fault. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, a licensed alcohol provider (bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless bar lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help and makes sure the offending business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Unfortunately, I've learned over the years that police don't look too hard for law-breaking businesses. If a bar or other vendor may have helped cause the victim's injuries then it's better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help. Armed with the evidence they find, many folks have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage their over-service led to.