Edgar Hernandez, 4 Injured in Car Accident in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- August 16, 2022, Edgar Hernandez and four others were injured after an accident where two vehicles collided.
Investigators were called out to the area of Gaston Avenue and Haskell Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. It appears that a Jeep Cherokee traveling eastbound on Gaston. It appears that Jeep may have disregarded a light at Haskell, resulting in a collision with a Dodge Charger.
21-year-old Edgar Alan Hernandez was said to be a passenger in the Mustang. He and another passenger were said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Another passenger and both drivers apparently had non-incapacitating injuries.
Police said they believe drugs and alcohol were contributing factors. This has yet to be confirmed.
Commentary on Edgar Hernandez Car Accident in Dallas
Something that often frustrates me about crashes like the one described here is how authorities tend to approach them. They rightfully put a lot of focus on the allegedly intoxicated driver and take steps to see they're held accountable. As important as that is, those steps alone rarely get victims and families the help they need. That's why I try to inform as many people as possible about their rights under Texas law. Particularly, it's important to learn about dram shop law.
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars that over-serve people are putting lives at risk, yet many businesses get off scot-free because few people even know to look into them. By ensuring there are investigations into their role in a serious crash, they can face appropriate consequences for their actions just as drunk drivers do for theirs, and folks also get the opportunity to receive much needed help.
I certainly can't say if any of that applies here, but my hope is to help people better understand what all can go into properly investigating a crash like this. When getting people the help they need, it's crucial to get as much evidence as possible. Getting that evidence and letting it speak for itself can get people and ensure those responsible face the appropriate consequences. Are those steps being taken here?