• August 29, 2022

One Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on I-45 in Wilmer, TX

Wilmer, TX -- August 28, 2022, one person was killed in , after an accident where a vehicle crashed head-on into an 18-wheeler on I-45.

Initial reports from the authorities said that the crash happened at around 3:00 a.m. near Malloy Bridge Road.

Southeast of Dallas, authorities said that an SUV somehow got on the southbound lanes of I-45 traveling northbound. Doing so, it crashed head-on into an 18-wheeler.

One person died as a result of the crash. Reports did not identify that person. It appears the truck driver was not hurt. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Wrong-way 18-wheeler Accident on I-45 in Wilmer

To be rather blunt here, this sort of thing almost always involves an intoxicated driver. I don't bring this up to insult anyone. On the contrary, investigations also tend to show that some local establishment contributed to the crash by illegally over-serving the wrong-way driver. Those establishment can be held accountable for doing so.

Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Why does that come up so often in wrong-way crashes? Well, let's consider how someone can get on the wrong side of an interstate.

Wilmer, TX Wrong-Way Driver Accident Kills 1 on I-45 near Malloy Bridge

Generally speaking, these roads are divided by a median and accessed from service road on-ramps. Someone getting on the wrong side of the road usually has to go the wrong way on a service road, pass multiple "Wrong Way" warning signs, and potentially even pass numerous oncoming cars before hitting someone. Imagine the state of mind someone has to be in to accidentally do this. A person so intoxicated they can't tell anything is wrong is almost always at a dangerous level of intoxication. As such, a business getting them to that point almost always did so illegally.

I certainly don't want to suggest that I know what happened here. It's simply that I've seen enough similar wrecks to know there are certain possibilities which absolutely must get attention as soon as possible. Getting a victim's loved ones the answers they deserve is one thing. Holding a local business accountable if they contributed to someone's death is something else entirely.

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