• October 14, 2022

Amy Wear Injured in Motor Scooter Accident on Willits Drive in Pearland, TX

Pearland, TX — September 26, 2022, 47-year-old Amy Wear was seriously injured in a motorized scooter accident on Willits Drive in Brazoria County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:05 p.m. along Willits Drive near Dixie Farm Road in Pearland. Preliminary investigation suggests Wear was riding a Piaggio motor scooter north on the road when she allegedly failed to maintain control in a curve. The scooter ran off the road and into a ditch.

Wear was ejected during the crash and suffered serious injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Amy Wear Accident in Pearland

Police seem too sure how this crash occurred but noted that the injured rider may have consumed alcohol. That might have had some evidentiary basis or they could have just been guessing wildly, but as soon as an officer says the word "alcohol" that's often enough for people to think the whole thing is open-and-shut. Someone drank and crashed their vehicle; pretty simple, right?

Not exactly--Texas law is far more complex than that. Even if someone did something irresponsible like ride a motor scooter while under the influence, the law can acknowledge they made a mistake and still try to find out whether anyone else played a part in their injuries. In the case of DWI accidents, that's handled by dram shop law.

Amy Wear Injured in Motor Scooter Accident on Willits Drive in Pearland, TX

Dram shop law basically says that an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If such a business over-serves someone, they broke the law. Everyone else faces consequences for doing so, and a business should be no exception--particularly when its illegal behavior poses such danger to its customers and the public.

Having a negligent alcohol provider take responsibility for someone's injuries means that everyone receives consequences for their role in a crash. Moreover, those in need of help (including the over-served drivers) have the right to seek it. That's why it's important to me to inform as many people as possible about dram shop law and its possible applications after DWI crashes.

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