• October 28, 2022

Two Injured in Pedicab Accident on East 2nd Street in Austin, TX

Austin, TX -- October 25, 2022, two people were injured after an accident where a pedicab and a vehicle crashed on East 2nd.

Authorities said that the incident happened at around 5:00 a.m. along East 2nd Street at the intersection of Salina Street.

According to officials, Raven Na was operating a pedicab that had two occupants. The following events have conflicting details. Somehow, the pedicab and an SUV collided. The SUV driver claims that Na was on the wrong side of the road and attempting a turn when it hit the SUV. Na apparently told authorities the SUV crossed the center line and hit the pedicab.

Due to the crash, two occupants in the pedicab sustained injuries. Police arrested Na, alleging that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Pedicab Accident on East 2nd in Austin

It's obviously concerning that police brought up alcohol as a suspected factor here. To be clear, I can't confirm that without seeing the evidence myself. But the possibility of alcohol can make things rather complex for victims and families. That's why steps should be taken to ensure folks know about dram shop law and how it could be an avenue through which to get the victims and families the help they need.

Two Injured in Pedicab Accident on East 2nd Street in Austin, TX

To put it simply, In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, clubs--these businesses have rules to follow. Breaking those rules can get people killed, which is why our legislature recognized the need for a way to punish those negligent businesses just as authorities can taken steps to confront drunk drivers.

Like I said, it's unclear if all that would apply here. But while folks may simply put all of this on the authorities, it's important steps are taken to focus on the victims and how to get them the help they need. Dram shop is just one possibility, but it's one which requires careful consideration.

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