• October 07, 2022

Michael Bryant Injured in Auto Accident on FM 2864 in Nacogdoches County, TX

Nacogdoches County, TX — August 21, 2022, 60-year-old Michael Bryant was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on FM 2864 in Nacogdoches County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. on Farm to Market Road 2864 near County Road 106. Preliminary investigation suggests Bryant was driving a GMC Sierra pickup north on the roadway when he entered a curve at allegedly unsafe speeds. The pickup passed through the southbound lanes and exited the road, then crashed into several trees.

Bryant suffered incapacitating injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected he was under the influence of alcohol; blood tests later showed he had an approximate BAC of .318 at the time of the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Michael Bryant Accident in Nacogdoches County

Reports indicate the accident victim was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication. I say that with no judgment, but that may mean there's more to this investigation than people realize. For one thing, the source of the alcohol should be identified in case someone else should be held responsible for the victim's injuries.

Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when ensuring victims get justice and help.

I'm not saying I know of a particular business that over-served the victim, but at the very least it seems like an important detail not to overlook in case a business is endangering its customers and its community. So will the police do anything about that? Unfortunately, probably not. Their investigations rarely extend past the drivers to include where they drank, so if a dram violation is suspected it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to get the needed proof. With that in hand many people hurt by or in these accidents have held bad businesses accountable.

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