• January 24, 2023

Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Expressway 77 in Harlingen, TX

Harlingen, TX — June 6, 2022, a 27-year-old man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Expressway 77 in Harlingen.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the Expressway 77 (I-69E) frontage road at South F Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Nissan Versa north on the frontage road. He reportedly entered the turnaround lane at F Street but allegedly failed to maintain his lane and crashed into a concrete wall.

The Nissan driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators alleged that intoxication may have been a factor.

No further information is currently available.

People often regard police reports as the final word on an accident, but while they can provide a general understanding of events they rarely dig deep enough to explain how or why things went that way.

That actually comes up a lot after single-vehicle accidents, as much like the public authorities can be a little too quick to put everything on the driver. Sometimes further investigation determines that person made a mistake, but others it finds there's more to the story.

Driver Injured in Car Accident on Expressway 77 in Harlingen, TX

Take crashes where police allege alcohol was a factor, for example: In many cases it turns out the driver—who is also the injured victim much of the time—was illegally over-served by a local business before their accident. That's not the case every time, but a lot of law-breaking bars and other alcohol vendors who should be held responsible for their drunk customers' injuries never see so much as a slap on the wrist.

To be clear, I'm not accusing any businesses of being involved in this wreck. I just know from long experience that when alcohol use is confirmed its source should also be identified. A man was seriously injured here, and that seems like more than enough reason to find out everything possible about his accident. I hope authorities managed to find some answers for the people who needed them.

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