Jacqueline Martinez Injured in Car Accident on Ross Street in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX — September 16, 2022, 23-year-old Jacqueline Martinez was injured in a car accident on Ross Street in Potter County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. along Ross near 3rd Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Martinez was driving a Chrysler 200 sedan north on Ross when she lost control and veered left. The car crashed through a nearby property's fence and hit a parked Chevy Silverado, pushing it into a GMC Sierra parked next to it.
Martinez suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected she was under the influence of alcohol; blood tests reportedly showed her BAC was approximately .189 at the time of the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jacqueline Martinez Accident in Amarillo
People tend to have some very strong feelings about DWI accidents and quickly wind up to throw the book at the driver without considering the greater context of the accident. Luckily, the law's not so quick to judge.
Where public opinion (and sometimes police) just see a criminal, the law sees an injured person who made a mistake and may also be a victim of someone else's negligence. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries she causes--even to herself--while under the influence. Drunk drivers tend to face serious consequences, but in too many cases the businesses that knowingly and illegally got them that way never get the lesson they need to change their ways. A dram shop claim lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help and makes sure the offending business pays a price for endangering its customers and the public.
Despite all that police rarely look into dram violations. If the victim feels one happened in Amarillo then it may be better to seek proof of that with other allies' help. Armed with receipts, witness statements, security footage, and other evidence, many folks have successfully held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.