A deadly gas tanker accident on a freeway in Fort Worth, Texas, has been blamed on a wrong way driver who was traveling in the opposite direction on the freeway, under the influence of alcohol. The man has now been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The 23-year-old motorist was driving a pickup truck the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 in Fort Worth. Soon, the pickup truck crashed into a gas tanker, and the tanker exploded in flames. The tanker driver died at the scene of the accident. The accident occurred on a bridge, and there was some damage to the structure of the bridge from the heat generated by the explosion.
Investigations into the accident have begun. The driver has admitted to having had at least 10 beers before he began driving. Investigators are focusing on where the man consumed that amount of alcohol before the accident. The Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission has begun an investigation into the business where the man purchased his drinks. They have identified one establishment where the man might have consumed his drinks, and are specifically investigating whether the business was negligent in over serving the man.
As Houston DWI lawyers and Houston Auto Accident Lawyers, we always encourage bars, taverns, pubs, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol, to remember that they have a responsibility to do so safely. For instance, staff at an establishment must not serve alcohol to a patron they can see is too intoxicated to drive. Failure to do so can result in criminal charges being pressed against the establishment. For instance, an establishment may face misdemeanor charges for serving alcohol to an intoxicated patron. Also, an establishment may face a civil lawsuit for negligently serving a known intoxicated person additional drinks under the Texas Dram Shop Act.