Two Injured in Single-Vehicle Rollover Accident on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- April 2, 2022, two 21-year-old men were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Southeast Loop 410 in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on Loop 410 near Roosevelt Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford pickup truck was traveling west in the number 1 lane of the roadway when the driver lost control and hit the inner median barrier. It continued west a short distance and then traveled over the barrier, overturned into the median and came to rest on its left side.
The pickup's passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash. The driver received possible injuries.
Investigators noted a suspicion that the Ford driver was under the influence of alcohol. Blood samples were collected for analysis.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident on Loop 410 in San Antonio
If blood tests confirm alcohol was a factor here some people may think that mostly just means related charges will follow. However, if the driver was intoxicated it's important to find out where his alcohol came from that night because of Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages their customer causes or suffers while under the influence. In other words, if a bartender could tell the driver was past his limits and kept refilling his glass anyway then that bar may now have a legal obligation to help him and his passenger recover from their injuries.
Dram shop claims help injured crash victims seek much-needed assistance and make sure law-breaking businesses face consequences for recklessly endangering their customers and the public.
Having said that, it's important to add that alcohol is only a suspected factor right now. Clear evidence is still needed before that suspicion could be called fact, which is what the blood tests are all about. Even if they confirm the driver was drunks that still doesn't necessarily mean a bar broke the law, but it's important to find out for sure--both to help the victims and to make sure that bar gets the swift kick in the pants it needs to change its ways.
So will police track down the source of the drinks? Probably not, unfortunately. Law enforcement doesn't spend much time looking into dram shop violations despite the importance of stopping them. If a bar may have broken the law, it's often better to work with independent investigators to get the needed proof of that. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many injured DWI crash victims have successfully held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage their negligent over-service led to.