Two Injured in Car Crash on I-10 in Balcones Heights, TX
Balcones Heights, TX — June 19, 2022, a 50-year-old woman was seriously injured in a car accident on Interstate 10 in Balcones Heights.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:10 a.m. on I-10 near mile marker 565B. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mercury Milan was parked on the center lines of the I-10/Loop 410 interchange, sticking partially into the southbound travel lanes. Nearby, a Toyota Tundra was southbound on the flyover between Loop 410 toward I-10.
The pickup crashed into the back-right end of the Mercury as it merged toward I-10; the driver told investigators he didn't see the car until it was too late to avoid it.
The Mercury's passenger was critically injured in the collision. The driver reportedly suffered minor injuries and the pickup's occupants were unhurt.
Investigators believe the Mercury driver was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Balcones Heights Car Accident
I don't write this blog to wag fingers at people suspected of DWI or speculate about their fate in court. Instead I think it's best to talk about ways to help anyone hurt in such a wreck, the alleged drunk drivers included, with getting back on their feet. One avenue that could help them here would be Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law basically says that an alcohol provider who sells or serves more drinks to an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes or suffers while under the influence. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses can be held legally accountable when they keep pouring for clearly-drunk customers and those customers then hurt someone.
Some may not see how that would apply since the DWI suspect's car was hit by the pickup on I-10, but let's keep in mind that it was apparently stopped or parked in a risky place that endangered both occupants. If alcohol was behind the driver's decision to stop there, then whoever served it to him might be liable for the damage he and his passenger received.
Whether or not a bar broke the law is an important thing to find out during a DWI investigation, but unfortunately police rarely look past the people directly involved in the crash. If it's possible a negligent business should help the victims get their lives back on track, it might be better to have independent investigators look into that. No matter who does the looking, though, the sooner someone gets more information the better.