• September 16, 2022

Marcus Allbright Injured in Rollover Crash on TX-31 in Henderson County

Henderson County, TX — August 11, 2022, 51-year-old Marcus Allbright was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 31 in Henderson County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on TX-31 near County Road 1403. Preliminary investigation suggests Allbright was driving a Chevrolet Silverado west on the highway when he lost control and swerved right. The pickup left the roadway to the north, then hit a sign and overturned. It rolled several times before it crashed into a fence and caught fire.

Allbright suffered serious injuries in the accident. Investigators suspected he was under the influence of alcohol after finding cold cans of beer, some open, around the crash scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Marcus Allbright Accident in Henderson County

Any crash victim, even a suspected DWI driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the difficult road to recovery. That's why it's important that victims and families know about Texas dram shop law.

When bars or other licensed alcohol vendors provide more drinks to obviously intoxicated customers, dram shop law says they may be liable for any injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. The business would then have a legal duty to help anyone hurt by its illegal over-service.

Marcus Allbright Injured in Rollover Crash on TX-31 in Henderson County

Having said that, not every DWI accident starts with a dram violation. For instance, if the victim bought those beers while sober and drank them on the road then it's not likely that a business would be liable for his crash. However, if a store clerk sold the beers to him even though he was clearly past his limits already then that would probably be a different matter. It's an important distinction to make as part of a thorough investigation.

So will police find out where the drinks came from? Sadly, I doubt it. They generally don't look for dram shop violations, so victims of drunk driving accidents are usually better off with independent investigators looking for the evidence they need. Armed with what those experts find, many people have held law-breaking businesses accountable for the damage they helped cause.

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