Marty Rawson Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Boggie St in Atlanta, TX
Atlanta, TX — September 1, 2022, 52-year-old Marty Rawson was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Boggie Street in Cass County.
Authorities say the incident happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Boggie at East Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Rawson was driving a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup north on South Boggie when he allegedly disregarded the stop sign at Main Street. The pickup ran through the east- and westbound lanes of Main but missed the offset roadway of North Boggie, instead hitting an embankment and the support cables of a utility pole.
Hitting the cables sent the pickup airborne and started it rotating in the air. It hit the ground nose-first and rolled at least once before it crashed through the wall of a house into its master bedroom.
Rawson was extricated from the upside-down truck and taken to a hospital. No one in the home was hurt.
Investigators suspected Rawson was intoxicated and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Marty Rawson Accident in Atlanta
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as authorities suspect, some may think that just means the driver will be charged accordingly. It's possible the courts may have something to say about his crash, but that's not for me to speculate about. However, knowing intoxication was a factor might mean there are other issues to address too.
For one thing, criminal punishment won't help the victim get back on his feet. Any DWI crash victim, even the suspected drunk driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. 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--even to himself--while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless bar (or restaurant, or store) lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help and makes sure the offending business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Unfortunately police don't look very hard for law-breaking businesses. If a bar or other vendor may have contributed to the victim's injuries with over-service then it's often better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help. Armed with the evidence those experts find, many folks have held bad alcohol providers properly accountable for the damage they had a hand in.