• July 17, 2017

Two Hurt in Train vs. SUV Accident in La Marque, TX

La Marque, TX -- A collision between a train and an SUV left two unidentified people with injuries in La Marque, Texas Friday, July 14, 2017.

The crash took place at a railroad crossing overnight Friday. According to reports, a man and woman inside the SUV were dragged off when the vehicle was struck by a train. The vehicle became pinned, and the two occupants had to be freed from the wreckage.

More information, including the victim's identities, current conditions, and the exact cause of the incident may be forthcoming as the investigation concludes.

The investigation into the crash is currently underway.

map of the area

Commentary

I don't want to get ahead of what's being reported, but police are investigating the possibility alcohol was a factor. Allow me to point out, however, that there's has to be something drastically wrong for a driver to not only crash through a barricade, but to collide with a moving train as well.

While there may be many possible scenarios that led to this crash, alcohol seems to be the most obvious. And if alcohol was the cause, we have ask ourselves, "Where did the driver get their booze?"

Why is this important? Well, according to Texas liquor liability laws, establishments who over-serve intoxicated individuals are potentially liable for the role they play in drunk driving crashes.

For instance, if the driver in this particular crash was drinking at a bar prior to the crash, Texas dram shop law gives the victims and their families the right to sue the bar for illegally over-serving the driver. This ensures all parties involved in drunk driving crashes--drunk drivers and the bars that enable them--are held to account for their actions.

Again, we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves here; we can't say for sure alcohol was a factor. Nonetheless, in the interest of victims getting the justice they seek, we need to know that everyone who contributed to this crash faces the consequences of breaking the law.

--Grossman Law Offices

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