• September 14, 2022

Brittany Feagin, One Other Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on US-69 in Hardin County, TX

Hardin County, TX — September 2, 2022, 31-year-old Brittany Feagin and another person were injured in a collision on U.S. Highway 69 in Hardin County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:50 p.m. on US-69 near mile marker 494. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet Suburban was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the highway, against traffic, when it collided head-on with Feagin's southbound Kia Soul. After the impact the Kia ran off the road into the east ditch and caught fire.

Both drivers were transported to area hospitals for treatment of serious injuries.

Investigators requested a subpoena for the Suburban driver's treatment records due to suspecting he was intoxicated.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Brittany Feagin Accident in Hardin County

Any time authorities bring up alcohol as a possible factor it deserves serious consideration, and if it's confirmed then appropriate consequences must follow the suspect's poor choices. Having said that, I don't write this blog to preach about the evils of alcohol or wag judgmental fingers. The goal is and always has been to look at ways to get the people injured in accidents--even the people who may have caused them--the help they need.

One area of the law that's often helpful to DWI crash victims is 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 to the DWI driver himself.

Brittany Feagin, One Other Injured in Hardin County, TX Wrong-Way Crash

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. Dram shop claims help them secure badly-needed help with their recovery while also teaching bars and other alcohol vendors a harsh lesson about getting their priorities in order.

To be clear, right now intoxication is only a theory unless clear evidence says otherwise. Even if treatment records confirm the wrong-way driver was drunk, that still doesn't mean a business over-served him. However, if a bar might be endangering its customers and community that seems like a problem to address as soon as possible. If the people hurt in this wreck can also secure help getting back on their feet, that's all the more reason to look into it.

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