• October 21, 2022

Passenger Ejected, Injured in Rollover Crash off Loop 1604 in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — October 21, 2022, one person was seriously injured during a rollover accident off Loop 1604 on San Antonio's Northwest Side.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday morning along the southbound Loop access road between Braun and Bandera roads. Preliminary investigation suggests a vehicle was traveling south when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The car when through a chainlink fence and overturned, ejecting one of its passengers.

The victim suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital. The car's driver and another passenger reportedly ran away from the scene to call for help but came back; the second passenger later went to a hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rollover Accident off Loop 1604 in San Antonio

It's obviously important to find out what caused any given wreck, but even if police have specific ideas about that (they mention speed as a key factor in this one) things aren't always so simple. People don't always realize that the factors which caused a crash aren't always the same as the ones that caused the victims' injuries. But what does that mean?

Passenger Ejected, Injured in Rollover Crash off Loop 1604 in San Antonio, TX

I'll give an example: Recently I talked to a colleague about a crash where a woman was texting and driving when she hit a semi-truck. Fault for the collision seemed clear, and yet investigations suggested the impact was pretty minor. She should have gotten out with at most a few bruises, but instead she was seriously injured. Why? Closer investigation learned her car had a faulty airbag. While preliminary reports blamed her, it turned out that the bag's manufacturer actually shared a significant portion of the blame for what happened to her. That took some further action to properly address.

I'm not saying the San Antonio crash is identical obviously, but I wonder if one person's ejection and serious injuries were the result of not buckling up or if his seat belt broke or failed. Maybe nothing unusual happened, but if steps weren't taken to ensure all the facts were brought to light then further careful investigations may show there's more to the story.

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