• January 19, 2022

Joe Tenerias Killed in Crash with HERO Truck on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (January 27, 2022): The motorcyclist killed in this accident has been identified as 59-year-old Joe Tenerias.

San Antonio, TX -- January 17, 2022, a 59-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a TxDOT vehicle on Loop 410 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:40 a.m. along Southwest Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the rider was traveling south on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The motorcycle left its lane and collided with the rear of a TxDOT Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) patrol vehicle. Police say the HERO vehicle was stopped in the road as its operator sat inside, helping direct traffic off the Loop due to a different accident earlier that night. They also say there was no evidence that the motorcycle braked before the rear-end collision.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. Investigators noted a belief that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Joe Tenerias Accident on Loop 410 in San Antonio

With details like this folks may be quick to write this accident off. After all, police said a motorcyclist may have crashed while intoxicated, so what else is there to know?

It may be there's little else to discover about this incident, but at the same time it's important to at least make the effort to find out. That doesn't mean looking for reasons to preach about drunk driving or criticize the victim; rather, I use this blog to look at some of the lesser-known complexities of Texas law and look at ways to get victims and families the help they need after these accidents. As it happens, a crash allegedly involving alcohol is one of the more complex areas of the law. But why?

Joe Tenerias Killed in Crash with HERO Truck on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX

If investigators learn that alcohol led to a serious crash, then they should also find out where that alcohol came from. Why? Because if someone was driving under the influence of alcohol that was over-served to them at a bar or a restaurant, that business may be liable for the damage their customer caused or suffered while impaired. According to Texas dram shop law, an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Dram shop claims help many victims of DWI wrecks and their families, but it also ensures law-breaking businesses face consequences for putting the community in danger through reckless over-service.

So could it be that something like that happened here? It's possible, but that requires far more thorough investigation than law enforcement typically conducts. It often requires independent investigators to look into these details anyway, since police tend to only focus on the driver's actions. Maybe nothing out of the ordinary happened here, but any opportunity to get people the help they need is one worth considering.


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