Richard Demore Killed in Abilene, TX, Accident, Alcohol Suspected
Abilene, TX -- February 11, 2017, Richard Demore was killed following an accident where his car was hit by a driver who police believe was intoxicated.
Investigators from the Abilene Police Department responded to the accident scene around 1:45 a.m. It happened at the intersection of FM 600 and Beltway North.
According to their reports, 76-year-old Demore was traveling southbound on FM 600. Authorities say he attempted to make a U-turn when his vehicle was struck by a pickup.
Due to the severity of the collision, Demore was killed at the scene. The condition of the pickup driver, a 21-year-old man, was unspecified.
Authorities say alcohol may be a factor in the accident, though this has not been confirmed. Investigations are ongoing.
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Whenever a drunk driving accident occurs, one very important detail to determine is where the driver got their alcohol prior to the accident. In Texas, liquor liability laws state that a business which over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be held liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. This is a part of our legal system which recognizes that bars, restaurants, and liquor stores which negligently serve alcohol to intoxicated customers are directly contributing to drunk driving accidents.
I'm not a fan of speculation, but an early morning accident where police "believe alcohol is involved" tells me this driver was probably on his way home from a bar. In Texas, bars close at 2:00 a.m., so the surrounding hours are prime time for alcohol-related accidents. Now I have nothing against a bar serving alcohol to their customers, but the law provides standards by which a business must abide in order to have a license to sell alcohol. Violating these standards is irresponsible, and those guilty of it deserve to face consequences.
Pretty much everyone understands that our criminal laws call for justice against drivers who get behind the wheel drunk. Is it just that accidents like this can leave a family mourning, a driver behind bars, and a bar counting the money it made off of over-serving the customer that caused the crash? Texas civil law recognizes that this behavior deserves sanction, and allowing victims and their families to pursue compensation from a negligent alcohol vendor holds them accountable for their contributions to the accident.
--Grossman Law Offices