Joe Ramos Jr. Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-77 in Kleberg County, TX
Kleberg County, TX — July 30, 2022, 28-year-old Joe Ramos Jr. was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 77 in Kleberg County.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:15 a.m. on US-77 at County Road 2180. Preliminary investigation suggests Ramos was driving a Ford Mustang south on the highway when he lost control and swerved right. The car hit a power pole with its back-right quarter then overturned and rolled southward one or more times. It came to rest upright facing east in the grass by the roadway.
Ramos suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Investigators believed he was intoxicated and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Joe Ramos Jr. Accident in Kleberg County
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as authorities suspect, some may think that just means the driver will be charged accordingly and that's that. However, if this was a DWI crash there could be other issues to address as well.
For one thing, charges certainly won't help the injured man get back on his feet. Any DWI crash victim, even the suspected drunk driver, should have whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. Texas dram shop law might be one way to get that assistance.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes--even to himself--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, dram violations don't get much attention during police investigations. If a bar may have over-served the victim then it's better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help. Armed with the evidence those experts find, many victims and families have held bad alcohol providers properly accountable.