Gustavo Palomo Injured in Car Accident on TX-45 in Austin
Austin, TX — July 17, 2022, 37-year-old Gustavo Hernandez Palomo was seriously injured in a traffic accident on State Highway 45 in Austin.
According to reports the incident happened around midnight on TX-45 near Ranch Road 620. Preliminary investigation suggests Palomo was driving a Nissan Pathfinder west on the highway in the #3 lane when he lost control for unknown reasons. The car swerved out of its lane and hit a concrete barrier, creating debris that shortly after was hit by a Kia Forte and a GMC pickup.
Palomo suffered serious injuries the crash. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators believed Palomo was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Gustavo Palomo Accident in Austin
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here, some may think that just means the driver will be charged accordingly. However, confirmation that intoxication was a factor would mean there are other possible issues to address--including ways to help the injured driver get back on his feet.
Under Texas 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. Any DWI crash victim, even a suspected drunk driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. 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 contributed to the victim's injuries with over-service then it's often better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help. Armed with the evidence those professionals find, many folks have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the serious damage they helped cause.