Allen Lin Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-10 in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- January 8, 2022, 30-year-old Allen Lin was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 10 in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. on I-10 at Interstate 410. Preliminary investigation suggests Lin was driving a Toyota 4Runner on I-10 when he approached the ramp to I-410. Reports indicate the Toyota collided with the gore between the ramp and the travel lanes, hitting a crash attenuator and overturning on its passenger side.
Lin was reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the rollover and suffered critical injuries. A passenger in the vehicle received minor injuries and was attending to Lin with the help of onlookers who stopped to assist when police arrived.
The passenger informed police she was asleep in the passenger seat when she awoke to the vehicle crashing. She said they had been drinking alcohol at a party at a local bar prior to the accident. Police were unable to conduct any field sobriety tests on Lin due to the extent of his injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Allen Lin Accident on I-10 in San Antonio
Based on the nature of the crash and the passenger saying they were drinking before traveling, it's understandable that alcohol is considered a potential factor. Police couldn't look too closely into it at the scene and reports don't say they drew blood samples, but that usually means they plan to obtain the victim's hospital treatment records to see what their tests show.
If the victim's treatment records confirm alcohol consumption was a factor as suspected, he may face some legal consequences for his decisions that night. However, he'll have his day in court to settle up with the state and in the meantime I don't want to speculate about that. Instead, I want to note that he may not actually be the only one to face consequences. What does that mean? Let me tell you about Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law broadens the scope of alcohol-related wrecks beyond DWI drivers to include the businesses that too often over-serve them. Under the law a licensed alcohol vendor (a bar, restaurant, liquor store, convenience store, nightclub, etc) that sells or serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer may then be legally responsible for any injuries that customer goes on to cause--even to himself--while under the influence. If it's determined that the mentioned bar served the driver in San Antonio past the point they should have cut him off, it may then have a legal duty to help him recover from the serious damage he suffered.
Some may see this as a lawyer just trying to find someone to sue, but that's not the point. I talk about dram shop law on this blog to try and make sure those who need it know it even exists. Too many people believe they're alone in facing all the challenges of recovery. Too few are aware that a bar may be liable after an incident like this because neither police nor news outlets make any effort to shine a light on those negligent businesses--even when they break the law with over-service and innocent people pay the price.
Considering the serious punishments generally dealt out to impaired drivers, it seems only right that the establishments who put them in that state also be held properly accountable. In the process, it seems equally just that they honor their obligation to help the victims of their recklessness get back on their feet.