Man Injured in San Antonio, TX, Train/Pedestrian Accident on San Marcos
San Antonio, TX -- April 15, 2019, a man sustained injuries following an accident where he was hit by a train along San Marcos Street.
Investigators reported that the incident happened at around 2:30 a.m. off the intersection of San Marcos Street and Rivas Street.
Police officials said that the pedestrian, in his 30s, was walking along the railroad tracks at the time. As a train approached, it reportedly sounded its horn, but the man didn't hear. The train struck the man as a result.
EMS transported the pedestrian to a hospital with serious injuries. No one else was injured.
Factors leading up to the crash remain unclear at this time.
I don't like to speculate about incidents without clearer details, but at 2:30 a.m., experience tells me that alcohol is a factor worth investigating. Considering bars close at 2:00 a.m., many incidents in the hour following involve people who are on their way home from a bar. Considering walking on a set of train tracks is certainly dangerous, and it's reasonable that someone who is significantly intoxicated may do so to their detriment.
But I don't bring this up just as speculation. Depending on certain factors, there could be a bar who bears responsibility for this incident. In Texas, Dram Shop Law states that a licensed alcohol vendor that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. Especially if someone unknowingly walks into the path of a train, it's possible they were significantly intoxicated. If a bar helped them get to that point, then they may be civilly liable for this incident.
Like I said, this is only based on just how common alcohol-related accidents are at this time of night. It's going to take a more thorough investigation to find out what factors really led to this crash.
--Grossman Law Offices