A woman is in critical condition after a two-vehicle crash in San Antonio. The crash occurred early Sunday morning on November 21st near NE Loop 410. The woman wasn’t wearing a seatbelt during the time of the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The Early Morning Crash
At around 3 a.m. on November 21st, a crash occurred on the access road in the 2500 block of NE Loop 410. A Lexus was driving westbound in the left lane of the access road. The driver of a black Hyundai was also driving westbound, but was in the right lane of the access road.
According to the San Antonio Police Department, the black Hyundai made a lane change to the left lane and was hit by the Lexus on the driver-side back quarter.
The 37-year-old passenger of the Lexus was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was taken to a nearby medical center for critical injuries.
Authorities state that no other injuries were reported from the crash
The driver of the Lexus was placed in handcuffs after refusing a field sobriety test. Authorities stated that the driver is being charged with a DWI.
Police are continuing their investigation into the crash.
What You Should Know About Field Sobriety Tests
If police suspect that a crash was caused by intoxication, they may ask you to submit to a field sobriety test. Signs that an officer may look for include bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, the smell of alcohol, confusion, and fumbling when reaching for insurance and identification.
If you submit to a field sobriety test, there are three main tests that will be given:
- One leg stand test — During this test, you will be asked to lift one foot 6 inches off the ground and count out loud for 30 seconds. Arms must stay at your side during the entire test. If you lose your balance, use your arms, or put your foot down too early, you may fail this test.
- Walk-and-turn test — The officer will first demonstrate how this test is to be done and then ask the subject to perform it themself. You will be asked to take nine heel-to-toe steps while walking an imaginary line, turn, then take nine steps the other way. If the subject fails to follow instructions, sways, or uses their arms for balance, they may fail the test.
- Horizontal gaze nystagmus test — For this test, an officer will hold an object in front of the subject and ask them to follow it with their eyes. If there are any involuntary eye movements, you may be seen as under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Although field sobriety tests aren’t 100% accurate, officers can use this to determine whether an individual needs to be further tested for intoxication. The best way to avoid a field sobriety test is to make responsible decisions after drinking. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve consumed any amount of alcohol or other substances.
It can be easy to get behind the wheel after a few drinks because you feel confident in your driving capabilities. However, doing so could put yourself and others in danger and result in a severe crash. Make ride arrangements ahead of time if you are going to be drinking.
Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys today at Lapeze & Johns for help with your legal claim.