Mateo Rico Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Forest Hill, TX
Forest Hill, TX -- November 4, 2022, Mateo Rico was injured following an accident where an allegedly intoxicated driver hit Rico's pickup.
Investigators said that the accident happened at around 7:30 p.m. along Mansfield Highway at Hartman Road.
It appears that 62-year-old Mateo Rico was in a Ford Ranger traveling eastbound on the highway. At Hartman, it appears that a southbound vehicle failed to yield and crashed into Rico's vehicle.
Rico was said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The other driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time. Right now, no additional details are available.
Commentary on Mateo Rico Alleged DWI Accident in Forest Hill
Any mention of alcohol is one to take seriously, but folks tend to think that's all up to the authorities. As crucial a step as it is to see a drunk driver held accountable for their actions, they're not always the only ones who have mistakes to answer for. How can that be?
Simply put, alcohol providers such as bars and restaurants may be liable for contributing to an accident like the one described here. This is called dram shop law. It basically says says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication.
So while authorities generally take steps to ensure a driver faces consequences, it's usually up to the victims and families to seek out professionals experienced with dram shop so they can get the help they deserve. It remains to be seen if those steps are being taken here.