• October 12, 2022

Brandon Palacios, One Other Injured in Crash on US-75 in Richardson, TX

Richardson, TX — September 18, 2022, 22-year-old Brandon Palacios and another person were injured in a crash on North Central Expressway in Richardson.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Central (US-75) near City Line Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Palacios was driving a Ford F-150 pickup north in the HOV lane of the highway, allegedly traveling at high speeds, when he failed to correct his course as the lane shifted right. The Ford hit a crash attenuator and went airborne, during which time it rolled and hit a Cadillac SUV that was traveling behind it in the HOV lane. The pickup then landed upside-down in the highway's main lanes.

Palacios and the Cadillac driver both suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Investigators believe Palacios was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Brandon Palacios Accident in Richardson

It sounds like police strongly suspect the Ford driver of being intoxicated when he crashed into attenuator and the Cadillac. If blood tests confirm their suspicions he may face some serious consequences for his poor choices that night. Despite what some may think, though, that's not the end of the matter. I'd argue that everyone involved in the damage done should face consequences for their role, and with that in mind it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Brandon Palacios, One Other Injured in Crash on US-75 in Richardson, TX

Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any damage that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but where the drinks came from is still an important detail to know for sure when alcohol use and injuries may be tied together.

Having said that, though, I've learned over the years that police are usually content just to arrest drunk drivers and don't look too far into where the "drunk" part happened. Will they do so here and maybe stop a bar from further endangering its community, or should someone else make sure the victims get the help and justice they deserve?

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