Shemar Batiste Injured in Car Accident on Masters Road in Manvel, TX
Manvel, TX — August 1, 2022, 24-year-old Shemar Batiste was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on Masters Road in Brazoria County.
Reports say the incident happened around 9:50 p.m. on Masters near Del Bello Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-150 pickup was traveling north on the roadway as Batiste drove a Lexus ES 350 sedan south in the same area.
Reports say the Ford driver made a sudden attempt to turn west onto Del Bello and failed to yield to the Lexus. The pickup hit the sedan and knocked it off the road; the car came to rest in the nearby bar ditch.
Batiste suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Ford driver was reportedly unhurt.
Investigators suspected the pickup driver of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Shemar Batiste Accident in Manvel
If blood tests confirm the suspect was impaired as police believe, some may think that just means he'll have his day in court to answer for his choices. Drunk driving puts everyone at risk and it's important that someone who endangered himself and others face consequences, but he also may not be the only one to hold accountable. Someone else may also be responsible in the eyes of the law, and that party might owe the victim some help with getting back on his feet. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a law-breaking bar or other alcohol vendor lets the people hurt in these accidents seek help and also makes sure the negligent business faces consequences for the part it played.
Not every DWI crash starts with a dram violation, but the source of the alcohol is an important detail to learn when it may have caused injuries. Despite that, police don't often track down bars or other alcohol-serving businesses who break the law. It's typically more effective to seek proof of over-service with the help of independent experts. Armed with the clear evidence they find, many people successfully hold negligent alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.