On the night of October 21, there was a wrong-way crash on I-10, on the northwest side of San Antonio, where a car struck another near Vance Jackson Road. After the collision, the wrong-way driver fled on foot, being apprehended later on further down Vance Jackson Road. While no serious injuries were reported, alcohol is said to have been a factor, and as such, the driver will almost certainly be prosecuted. Both drivers were quite lucky to sustain no major injuries, as very often wrong-way collisions can cause severe injuries and even death.
Many Wrong-Way Collisions Involve Alcohol
Unlike many other types of collision, alcohol often plays a major role in wrong-way crashes. Statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show that in fatal collisions on divided highways, the number of wrong-way drivers who had ‘shown signs of alcohol use’ was approximately 60 percent. Also, approximately 60 percent of wrong-way drivers in the sample had a blood alcohol content level of 0.15 or more at the time of their accident - which is, in most states (Texas included), significantly over the legal limit to be considered drunk.
Wrong-way collisions are also much, much more common during night hours, which can also argue toward alcohol being a major factor. However, other conditions obviously can play a role, including poorly lit roads, traffic patterns and general driver error (that is, driver behaviors that do not have anything to do with substance abuse). If you have been injured in a wrong-way collision, you should not obviously assume that the other driver was intoxicated, but you should perhaps be aware that it is plausible or even common....