• October 21, 2022

David Bustamante Jr. Injured in Auto Accident on Montana Ave in El Paso County, TX

El Paso County, TX — September 9, 2022, David Bustamante Jr. and two other people were hurt in a three-vehicle crash on Montana Avenue in El Paso County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:45 p.m. on Montana Ave near Camino Buena Suerte. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-150 was traveling west on the roadway as Bustamante drove a Dodge Ram 1500 east on the other side.

Reports say the Ford veered left of center into the eastbound lane and crashed at an offset with the Dodge. The impact sent both trucks spinning away; the Ford hit a guardrail and stopped while the Dodge spun into the eastbound lanes and crashed a second time with a Ford F-350.

Bustamante and the F-350's occupants were all transported to hospitals with serious injuries. The F-150 driver received minor injuries and was suspected of being intoxicated; blood tests later showed he had a BAC of approximately .144 at the time of the wreck.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on David Bustamante Jr. Accident in El Paso County

Tests seem to have confirmed that one of the drivers in this accident was almost twice the legal limit for intoxication at the time. If that's accurate then the three counts of Intoxication Assault mentioned in reports seem only fitting; drunk driving is highly dangerous and deserves serious consequences. However, the driver himself may not actually be the only one who should get some. Another party--one that too often gets away with its role in alcohol-related accidents--may also have some answering to do.

Under Texas dram shop law alcohol providers are forbidden from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. Some do so anyway despite that, so when their drunk customer causes or suffers injuries the law may hold the negligent business (a bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) that over-served them partly responsible for the damage done.

David Bustamante Jr. Injured in Auto Accident on Montana Ave in El Paso County, TX

Not every DWI accident involves a dram shop violation, but it's an important detail to learn in case a reckless bar is endangering its customers and the public at large. Despite that, law enforcement rarely does much about it. People hurt by DWI crashes often have to do some investigating of their own rather than wait for police to take action. Obviously that can be a tall order while they're just trying to get their lives back on track, which is why many of them seek experienced allies. With the evidence those professionals uncover, many folks are able to hold negligent businesses responsible for the terrible damage their over-service helped cause.

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