• September 16, 2022

Joanne Rhone Injured in Plano, TX Car Accident on 15th Street

Plano, TX — August 12, 2022, 67-year-old Joanne Rhone was injured in a traffic accident on East 15th Street in Collin County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on 15th near I Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Rhone was driving a Toyota Scion east on 15th when she attempted to merge from the turn-only right lane to the left lane. While merging she allegedly failed to notice a Nissan Altima to her left and the cars collided.

After the impact the Scion rolled onto its passenger side; Rhone, allegedly not wearing her seat belt, was thrown from the car and became pinned between its passenger side and the ground. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Investigators say she admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the accident; blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Joanne Rhone Accident in Plano

If the victim really confessed to drinking before the crash then it seems natural for police to think alcohol was a contributing factor. They'll need something more definitive (like blood test results) to know how much of a role it played, but depending on what those show the victim may face some legal consequences for her choices. That's between her and the state, though, and it'd be a better use of time to think of ways to help her get back on her feet.

Any DWI crash victim, even a suspected drunk driver, should have whatever assistance they can get with the long and difficult road ahead. Texas dram shop law might be one way to get that assistance.

Joanne Rhone Injured in Car Accident on 15th Street in Plano, TX

Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes--even to herself--while under the influence.

A dram shop claim against a reckless alcohol vendor lets accident victims seek much-needed help and makes sure the offending business pays a price for endangering its customers and the public. Unfortunately, that [art doesn't get much attention during police investigations. If a dram violation is suspected then it's often better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help.

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