When an impaired person gets behind the wheel of a car, he or she places others on the road in serious danger. This was proven to be true last weekend when a driver who had apparently had too much to drink caused an accident on the North Side of San Antonio, according to local news reports. The crash occurred late last Sunday night.
Officials from the San Antonio Police Department say that a 58-year-old man was taken to the hospital and subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated after he caused a crash by driving the wrong way on San Pedro Avenue. The police indicate that the man was in the southbound lanes of San Pedro Avenue but was traveling north when his vehicle crashed head-on into a white pickup truck. The driver of the white truck was a 19-year-old woman who swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash. She and her two-year-old passenger were not seriously injured, but they were transported to a local hospital for a comprehensive examination.
The man who drove the wrong way was reportedly ejected from his vehicle, but he survived the crash. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. The man’s name was not released, but the police say that the man is now facing charges for DWI.
When Alcohol Is a Factor in a Texas Car Wreck
In this particular case, the other driver and her child were incredibly fortunate to escape with just minor injuries. Such is not always the situation when a drunk driver causes a crash. Too often, it is innocent people who are hurt as the result of a drunk driver’s poor decision.
Under Texas law, a person who drives while intoxicated and causes a crash is presumed to have been negligent and, therefore, liable for any injuries that anyone sustains as a result. This doctrine—known as “negligence per se”—refers to a situation in which a person breaks the law and causes an injury that the law in question was specifically enacted to prevent. Drunk driving is a good example of this because the law prohibits drunk driving specifically to protect others from being injured by drunk drivers. As a result, negligence can be presumed on the part of the drunk driver.
Call a Comal County DWI Crash Lawyer
It is important to remember that just because negligence is presumed, collecting compensation is not necessarily guaranteed, nor will doing so be easy. With this in mind, you should contact a New Braunfels car wreck attorney if you have been injured in any type of accident involving a drunk driver. Call 830-443-9193 to schedule a free consultation at The Bettersworth Law Firm today.