• August 18, 2022

Christian Luna Injured in Rusk County, TX Single-Vehicle Accident on CR 378

Rusk County, TX — July 22, 2022, 21-year-old Christian Luna was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 378 in Rusk County.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on CR 378 near CR 379. Preliminary investigation suggests Luna was driving a GMC Sierra pickup truck northwest on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck veered into the south ditch, then continued a short distance before it crashed into a tree.

Luna suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was taken to a hospital. Investigators noted he smelled of alcohol and they found several open and partially-consumed bottles of beer around the crash site. They noted a plan to subpoena his treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Christian Luna Accident in Rusk County

Any time authorities bring up alcohol as a possible factor it deserves serious consideration. Having said that, I want to be clear that I don't write this blog to preach about the evils of alcohol or wag a judgmental finger at allegedly-intoxicated drivers. Folks generally understand the dangers of drunk driving without a sermon from me, and quite frankly police tend to focus more on possible charges they could file rather than actually helping the people involved.

That's why I focus on lesser-known or underutilized areas of the law like dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication--even when the person injured is the DWI driver himself.

Christian Luna Injured in Rusk County, TX Single-Vehicle Accident on CR 378

Since dram shop can both get people some much needed help and hold a negligent business accountable for its part in someone's injuries, why doesn't this legal avenue get more attention? It frustrates me to think about how many people could have held a reckless business responsible for over-service but never knew they had the right to.

I'm not saying any business was necessarily negligent here. No matter how strong their suspicion, police don't know alcohol was a factor unless the victim's treatment records say so. If they do, it's important to find the alcohol's source and take any needed action. If the victim can get some badly-needed help with his recovery, even better.

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