Christine Elizabeth West, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Bridge City, TX
Bridge City, TX -- January 14, 2023, Christine West and another person were injured due to an accident allegedly involving a drunk driver.
Preliminary details in public statements from police said that the incident happened at around 3:48 a.m. along Texas Avenue/TX-173 and Roundbunch Road/FM 1442.
Authorities said that 46-year-old Christine West was in a Dodge Journey traveling southbound along Texas Avenue. At Roundbunch, it appears that an eastbound vehicle failed to stop for a red light, crashing into West's vehicle.
West had incapacitating injuries following the crash while the other driver was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. That driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time, and charges may be pending.
While some may see that as the end of the story, accidents involving alcohol are rarely so simple. Obviously these situations usually end up with the allegedly intoxicated driver getting their day in court to speak on the accusations made against them—rightfully so. But things can become much more complex when investigations show that the crash happened due to more than just a drunk driver.
For example, bars, restaurants, and other such establishments can also be held accountable if they illegally over-served that driver. They may face penalties from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, individual staff could be charged criminally, and businesses could be liable under dram shop for contributing to an accident.
Unfortunately, authorities don't look into these kinds of things on their own nearly as much as I would like as a Texan. Drunk driving is a serious problem in our state, and that's why I do what I can to shed light on rights people have under Texas law they may not otherwise know about.