Jerry Pettit Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Dallas Drive in Denton, TX
Denton, TX — July 22, 2022, 40-year-old Jerry Pettit was injured in a motorcycle accident on Dallas Drive in Denton.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:20 a.m. on Dallas Drive (US-77) near East Eagle Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Pettit was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on the 100 block of the roadway when he allegedly failed to maintain his lane in a curve. The motorcycle veered left off the road and hit a raised median curb; it went out of control and then hit a cub on the far side of the southbound lanes.
Pettit was ejected in the second collision and suffered serious injuries. Investigators at the scene believe he was intoxicated by alcohol at the time and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jerry Pettit Accident in Denton
Most people know it's dangerous for someone to drive around under the influence of alcohol, but there are actually more implications to a DWI crash than people may realize. For instance, a lot of folks who call the firm are surprised when I want to know where the driver was drinking prior to their accident.
People often don't realize that bars and other licensed alcohol providers (nightclubs, restaurants, stores) may be liable for the damage done in a drunk-driving crash if they sold or served drinks to an obviously intoxicated person. If a business over-serves someone who clearly shouldn't be sold more alcohol, they violate Texas dram shop law and may be responsible for any harm their customer causes or suffers while under the influence.
Far from every DWI crash starts with a dram violation, but it's an important detail to look into. If a law-breaking business had a hand in the damage done, it should be held accountable for that. Unfortunately police seldom look into whether such over-service happened, so it usually falls to the victims or independent investigators to find the needed proof. Will those steps be taken here to be sure the victim gets all the help he deserves?