Shawn Burris Injured in Rollover Accident on CR 2584 in Hunt County, TX
Hunt County, TX — September 25, 2022, 39-year-old Shawn Burris was injured in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 2584 in Hunt County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:25 p.m. on CR 2584 near Duran Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Burris was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck south on the roadway when he allegedly failed to negotiate a curve. The pickup ran off the left side of the road and partially into the bar ditch, then hit a culvert and rolled over. It came to rest on its roof off the roadway.
Burris suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected he was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Shawn Burris Accident in Hunt County
If blood tests confirm alcohol was a factor here as police think, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. Stiff penalties often follow DWI wrecks, but there might be other issues to address as well--including how to help the injured man get back on his feet.
Any DWI crash victim, even the suspected drunk driver, should get all the assistance they deserve during the long road to recovery. Moreover, everyone responsible for their injuries should be held accountable for the part they played. That's why it's important to know 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 learns a harsh lesson about not endangering its customers and the public.
Even though reckless bars pose a major hazard to their communities, dram violations oddly don't get much attention from police. If a bar may have over-served the Hunt County victim before his major accident, proving that may need investigation above and beyond police efforts. With the right allies, many victims and families have held bad alcohol providers properly accountable.