Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Fondren Rd in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — October 24, 2022, a 63-year-old woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Fondren Road in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Fondren near South Braeswood Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests the woman was driving a Hyundai Tucson east on Fondren, allegedly at high speeds, when she may have lost control and veered into a curb. She veered away and back again, hitting the curb a second time.
The driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. A 61-year-old passenger in the Tucson was reportedly unhurt.
Investigators suspected that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto Accident on Fondren Rd in Houston
As serious as suspicions about driving under the influence are, they don't seem to be confirmed at this point so it's important not to treat them as ironclad facts. Moreover, they're no reason for me to launch into some sermon about the risks of drunk driving--people don't need decades of liquor liability experience to know that. However, they may not realize that in many cases like this one alleged DWI drivers may have an "accomplice" of sorts that should face consequences of its own: The business that served them alcohol.
Texas dram shop law essentially says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause or suffer while impaired. A drunk driver may face some stiff consequences for their choices, but the negligent businesses who serve them past their limits rarely see punishment unless victims take steps to ensure that happens. Doing so can be crucial both for getting those victims the help they need and making communities safe from the reckless bar or restaurant.
Like I said, I can't say what exactly happened here. However, the reported details are enough to raise some concerns. Are steps being taken here to ensure folks have every opportunity to get the assistance they deserve?