Daniel Zaragoza Injured in Auto Accident on Westview Ave in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — April 16, 2022, 33-year-old Daniel Zaragoza was seriously injured in an auto accident on Westview Avenue in Fort Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:10 p.m. on Westview near West 4th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Zaragoza was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup north on the roadway when he reportedly swerved left and crashed into a parked and unoccupied Tesla Model S, which pushed it into a Tesla Model Y parked behind it. The Chevy continued onward a short distance until it crashed into a concrete wall and stopped.
Zaragoza suffered serious injuries in the wreck. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators suspected Zaragoza of driving under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Daniel Zaragoza Accident in Fort Worth
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here, some may think that just means the injured crash victim could face some relevant charges and that would be the end of it. I don't want to speculate about the victim's possible day in court, but I do want to look at ways to help him get back on his feet. Any DWI crash victim, even a suspected drunk driver, should have whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes--even to himself--while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless alcohol vendor lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help and also makes sure the business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Unfortunately, dram violations don't get much attention from police. If a bar may have over-served the victim before his crash and injuries, proving it may take independent efforts from trained experts. With the evidence they find, many victims and families have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.