• October 12, 2022

Dan Eldridge Injured in Motorcycle Accident on SH 91 in Denison, TX

Denison, TX — October 7, 2022, 63-year-old Dan Eldridge was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 91 in Denison.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. along Highway 91 near the Denison Dam. Preliminary investigation suggests Eldridge was traveling south on the highway when he lost control for unconfirmed reasons. The bike hit a guardrail, then veered through the road and hit the opposite rail.

Eldridge was ejected in the second impact and suffered incapacitating injuries. Investigators suspected he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dan Eldridge Accident in Denison

Police say alcohol may be a factor in this crash. If evidence confirms that, the victim may face some legal trouble for his choices. Between that and his serious injuries some may feel that the "consequences" portion of the accident is taken care of, but they may not realize that alcohol-related accidents often involve a second party that should be held accountable as well. That's why it's important to talk about dram shop law.

Dan Eldridge Injured in Denison, TX Motorcycle Accident on Highway 91

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated people. If those businesses break the law they should pay a price, the same as their over-served customers do. Moreover, those customers deserve whatever amends the business can make for endangering them in the first place.

I'm not accusing any specific businesses of illegal over-service, but if it's possible the rider's intoxication made him misjudge his route then it seems like a thorough DWI investigation would find out where the "I" part happened. If a bar's staff knowingly over-served the victim then it may now have a legal duty to help him get back on his feet. That's more than enough reason for investigators, be they police or independent experts, to take a closer look.

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