John Watkins Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash off I-10 in Chambers County, TX
Chambers County, TX — July 31, 2022, 36-year-old John Watkins was injured in a single-vehicle accident off Interstate 10 in Chambers County.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:15 p.m. on the north I-10 frontage road. Preliminary investigation suggests Watkins was driving a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup west on the frontage road when he entered a construction zone which narrowed passage to one lane. He struck a temporary barrier around the closed lane, causing the pickup to overturn on its left side. It slid a short distance and came to rest in the open traffic lane.
Watkins suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted a suspicion he was intoxicated but he allegedly refused to provide samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on John Watkins Accident in Chambers County
Police think the victim was impaired by alcohol when he crashed, but he apparently wasn't too cooperative when they tried to verify that. Usually when that happens investigators get a warrant, but one way or another they usually get what they need to find out if they're right.
If evidence shows alcohol was a factor as suspected, the driver may face some legal consequences for his choices. Some may think that's basically the end of the matter, but investigators shouldn't stop there. Instead, they should also look into where his drinks came from. But why?
Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars, restaurants, or liquor stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries those customers cause--even to themselves--while under the influence. That means any business that over-served the driver in Chambers County may now have a duty to help him get back on his feet.
To be clear, though, right now alcohol is only an unproven theory. Even if evidence confirms it there may not be a negligent bar to find; not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation. It's just important to know for sure one way or the other when alcohol consumption may be directly tied to injuries. If the search for answers finds a way to help an injured man, that's even better.