• October 17, 2022

Driver Injured in Suspected DWI Crash off Interstate 10 in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — October 16, 2022, a driver was seriously injured after crashed into a tree off Interstate 10 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:50 a.m. along I-10 near Hildebrand Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim, suspected by police of being under the influence, was driving on the roadway when he lost control and crashed into a nearby tree.

Fire crews extricated the driver from his car. He was then taken to a hospital in stable condition.

A DWI investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident off I-10 in San Antonio

When police say someone crashed and was injured due to being intoxicated, the victim may not receive much sympathy from the court of public opinion. The law isn't so hasty to put the whole burden of the accident and his injuries onto him, though; while he may have some criminal consequences coming if police find evidence he was drunk, there may be another party to hold responsible for his injuries.

Texas dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for damages he causes--even to himself--while under the influence.

Those businesses are prohibited by law from over-serving their patrons, but many ignore that and keep refilling glasses as long as the money's good. When that dries up or last call sounds, they send those guests stumbling out the door and into their cars to terrorize the road. Sometimes people are injured or even killed by that recklessness, and that's when dram shop holds those businesses accountable--to the law, and to the people they hurt.

Not every drunk driving crash starts with a bar breaking the law, but sadly it's common enough that it should get a lot more attention than it does. I've lost count of the people who didn't know they had rights under dram shop law when they called us, which is why I try to spread the word after I read about wrecks where it might be useful. If police don't plan to do anything about a bar potentially putting a community in danger, maybe someone else should take another look on the victim's behalf.

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