Juan Rodriguez Perez Injured in Austin County, TX Car Accident on FM 529
Austin County, TX — July 24, 2022, 42-year-old Juan Rodriguez Perez was seriously injured in a traffic accident on FM 529 in Austin County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:25 p.m. on FM 529 at FM 331. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet Kodiak pickup was towing a trailer west on FM 529 approaching the FM 331 intersection. Nearby, Rodriguez Perez was driving a Chevy Malibu south on FM 331 toward the same crossing.
Reports say Rodriguez Perez disregarded a stop sign and drove forward into the path of the oncoming pickup. The truck driver swerved to avoid the Malibu but was unsuccessful and the two collided in the roadway. Both vehicles then traveled off the road to the south.
Rodriguez Perez suffered serious injuries in the collision. None of the Kodiak's four occupants were hurt.
Investigators said Rodriguez Perez showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and collected blood specimens for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Juan Rodriguez Perez Accident in Austin County
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police think, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. Stiff penalties do often follow DWI wrecks, but there might be other issues to address as well--including ways to help the injured man get back on his feet.
Any DWI crash victim, even a suspected drunk driver, should have 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 alcohol vendor lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help and also makes sure the business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Unfortunately, dram violations don't get much attention from police. If a bar may have over-served the victim before the accident that sent him to the hospital, proving it may take independent efforts from trained experts. With the evidence they find, many victims and families have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.