• September 22, 2022

Francisco Alvarez Injured in Alleged Intoxicated Driving Accident in Bastrop County, TX

Bastrop County, TX -- September 5, 2022, Francisco Alvarez was injured after an accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver.

Initial details given said that the incident happened at approximately 3:26 p.m. along Highway 21 near FM 535.

According to officials, 53-year-old Francisco Alvarez was in a Dodge Ram 2500 traveling eastbound along Highway 21. While stopped for traffic, it appears that another vehicle rear-ended Alvarez's vehicle.

Due to the collision, Alvarez was said to have incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police allege that the driver that hit Alvarez was under the influence of alcohol. This and other details have yet to be confirmed.

Commentary on Francisco Alvarez Alleged DWI Accident in Bastrop County

With incidents like this, folks tend to put all the focus on the driver that needs to answer for their actions. I get that, and a drunk driver certainly should face appropriate consequences. But what does that do to help victims and families? Usually, not all that much. That's why it's important to understand other important tools like dram shop law.

Francisco Alvarez Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Bastrop County, TX

In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. This can both get folks the help they need while ensuring a negligent business faces appropriate consequences for putting the community in danger.

It's not clear if police ever looked into that here, but it could take more thorough independent investigations to ensure people affected here get the help they deserve.

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