2 Injured in San Antonio, TX DWI Accident on Austin Street
San Antonio, TX -- November 30, 2019, a man and a woman were injured after an accident on Austin Street possibly involving two intoxicated drivers.
Authorities with the San Antonio Police Department reported that the crash happened at around 1:15 a.m. off Austin Street and Jones Avenue.
According to initial police reports, two vehicles somehow crossed paths and collided head-on. As a result, rescue teams had to cut the victims from the wreckage before taking them to area hospitals. A man and a woman were both transported for their injuries.
Additionally, police believe both drivers involved were intoxicated at the time of the wreck. Charges are pending.
If police find that both drivers were drunk here, that wouldn't be too surprising. 1:00 a.m. near downtown is a recipe for disaster, and some studies estimate that about a quart of drivers on the road at this time are intoxicated. If police find drunk driving to be a factor, the drivers will no doubt face consequences. But there's a bit more to these wrecks than people realize. Specifically, if the drunk drivers were on their way home from a bar, that bar may be liable for the injuries resulting from the crash.
In Texas, Dram Shop Law states that an alcohol provider that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. Reckless, law-breaking bars is one big reason that Texas has such a problem with drunk driving. Dram Shop has proven to be an effective tool in punishing these negligent alcohol providers. Having litigated more such cases than any other firm in the state, the establishments I won cases against quickly cleaned up their act for fear they'd face similar consequences again.
Looking into these details usually requires efforts beyond police reports alone. Hopefully investigators find out where these drivers were prior to the wreck and to what degree those establishments contributed to the victims' injuries.
--Grossman Law Offices