Robert Cisneros Injured in Car Accident on Royal Ln in Irving, TX
Irving, TX — October 29, 2022, 27-year-old Robert Cisneros was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Royal Lane in Dallas County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:25 a.m. on West Royal near Fountain Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Cisneros was driving a Ford Mustang east in the center lane of the road. He then allegedly failed to control his speed on the wet surface and the vehicle spun out of control. It slid into the center median and hit a tree, then rebounded and spun to a stop in the westbound lanes.
Cisneros suffered serious injuries in the crash.
Investigators suspected that alcohol use, unsafe speeds, and possibly a tire with insufficient tread for the wet road were significant factors in the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Robert Cisneros Accident in Irving
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, it sounds like other factors--chief among them the car's partly-bald tire and the wet roads--were also involved, so pointing every finger at intoxication may be unfair.
Even if police determine that alcohol was a major factor in what happened, though, things might not be as clear-cut as that makes them sound. For one thing, the driver might not be the only one to hold responsible for his injuries. Under Texas dram shop law, an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers 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 steps are taken to ensure that happens. Doing so can be crucial both for getting those victims the help they need and making communities safe from reckless over-service.
Like I said, it seems multiple factors were in play here and I'm not saying I know which was the biggest contributor. However, if it's possible that the driver was too impaired to operate safely then it seems important to find out where and how he got that way. Will police look into it, or should someone else round up the evidence needed to get the victim the help he needs and deserves?