• June 13, 2022

Passenger Injured in Alleged DWI Crash off I-410 in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — June 12, 2022, one person was seriously injured in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver off Interstate 410 in San Antonio.

According to reports the incident happened Sunday along the access road of I-410 near Callaghan Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a sedan was speeding along the access road when it crashed into another vehicle. The impact pushed the second vehicle into a nearby SUV.

A passenger in the sedan suffered a head injury in the crash and was taken to an area hospital. No other serious injuries were reported.

Investigators say speed and alcohol were factors and arrested the sedan's driver.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Alleged DWI Crash on 410 Access Rd in San Antonio

If clear evidence shows police are right about alcohol here then the suspect may face some legal consequences for their choices. However, they'll have their day in court to deal with those and it's not my place to talk about it in the meantime.

Instead, I want to address another part of alcohol-related crashes: After a DWI wreck Texas law looks beyond the drunk drivers to find out where and how they drank. Depending on those details, a local business may have violated Texas dram shop law. That could have consequences, some of which might help the victim get back on their feet.

Passenger Injured in Alleged DWI Crash off I-410 in San Antonio, TX

In a nutshell dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If such a business over-serves its customers and they cause or suffer injuries while under the influence, that business may be legally accountable for the damage done.

Alcohol's involvement hasn't been proven yet in the San Antonio crash, so even though I mention dram shop law I'm not claiming to know for sure it applies. I just know it could have helped many who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can.

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