Toan Ta Injured in Car Accident on Highway 360 in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX — August 1, 2022, 27-year-old Toan Ta was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on State Highway 360 in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:10 on TX-360 near East Abram Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chrysler 200 was traveling north on the highway in the right lane when it reportedly rear-ended Ta's Honda Accord. After the impact both vehicles ran off the road.
Ta suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Chrysler driver was unhurt.
Investigators suspected the Chrysler driver of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Toan Ta Accident in Arlington
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. Naturally that part's important, since people willing to put themselves and others at risk that way should face proper consequences.
However, there may be more to the story; for instance, evidence that intoxication was a factor could mean there's a potential way to help the person hurt in the accident. Under Texas dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence.
Anyone hurt in one of these accidents deserves whatever assistance they can get with the difficult road ahead, and a dram shop claim against a negligent bar is one way to get it. Furthermore, it makes sure the offending business faces consequences for illegally over-serving its customers and endangering the public.
Unfortunately, despite how important it is to keep bad bars from putting people at risk police don't spend much time on dram violations. If a bar or other vendor may have contributed to the Arlington victim's injuries then it may be better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help. Armed with the evidence those professionals find, many folks have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the serious damage they helped cause.