• November 29, 2022

Herschel Earl Smith, Amanda Smith, Erika Spriggs, Child Injured in Car Accident in Whitehouse, TX

Whitehouse, TX -- November 10, 2022, Herschel Smith, Amanda Smith, Erika Spriggs, and a child were injured after a multi-vehicle accident.

Initial details suggested that the crash happened at around 7:40 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 110 and Wildcat Drive.

Officials said 44-year-old Amanda Smith and a 7-year-old were in a Kia Sportage traveling northbound on the Highway. Ahead, 38-year-old Herschel Smith was on a motorcycle. The two vehicles stopped for a red light. The light reportedly turned green, following which a pickup crashed into the two vehicles.

Herschel Smith was said to have incapacitating injuries while Amanda and the child had injuries said to be non-incapacitating. The pickup driver, identified as Erika Dawn Spriggs, was also said to have non-incapacitating injuries. Police said alcohol is a suspected factor, but this cannot currently be confirmed.

Commentary on Herschel Smith, Amanda Smith, Erika Spriggs Car Accident in Whitehouse

It's possible authorities only brought up alcohol because it's a common factor, but with this many people hurt, it's a good time to remind people what possible steps there are to get much needed help after alcohol-related accidents. One particularly important possibility is that a local bar could be liable for the accident due to dram shop law.

Herschel Earl Smith, Amanda Smith, Erika Spriggs, Child Injured in Car Accident in Whitehouse, TX

Essentially, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that over-service. Not only can this be a significant source of help, but it can also work to hold those negligent businesses accountable for their actions.

Like I said, it's not clear if that would even apply to this specific incident, but knowing these things ahead of time can help people ensure investigators are asking the right questions.


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