Raul Cano, Jose Munoz Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- September 23, 2022, Raul Cano and Jose Munoz were injured due to an accident which allegedly involved a drunk driver.
Investigators said that the incident occurred at around 4:30 a.m. along LBJ Freeway near Plano Road.
It appears that 42-year-old Raul Cano and 48-year-old Jose Munoz were in a Toyota Corolla traveling westbound along the freeway. A Cadillac Escalade was apparently driving the wrong way, causing a head-on collision.
Cano and Munoz were both said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The Cadillac driver was not hurt. Police allege that driver was under the influence of alcohol and had a .243 BAC following testing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Raul Cano, Jose Munoz Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Dallas
If it's true that the driver here was intoxicated, that wouldn't at all be surprising. Frankly, it's the most common reason someone gets on the wrong side of the highway. Imagine how out of it someone has to be not to see all the wrong way signs from the service road to the exit ramp to the main lanes. Alcohol certainly leads many people to make serious and potentially deadly mistakes like that.
But one thing to consider is that this isn't just legally intoxicated. A .24 is three times the legal limit and past the point most people would black out. Generally speaking, that can be a serious sign that the driver was illegally over-served by a local bar. If that contributed to the crash, then that bar can also be liable for contributing to the victim's injuries, and they can be held accountable through dram shop law.
Is that something authorities have looked into here? Ensuring a drunk driver is held accountable is one thing, but steps should always be taken to consider how the victims are actually going to get the help they need. Dram shop is just one possibility, but it's one too common to ignore after a crash like this.