San Antonio — 2 People Killed in DUI Rollover Accident on U.S. Route 181
Posted on Sunday, April 21st, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 7:32 pm
At around 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019, a rollover accident occurred in San Antonio, Texas, and it claimed the lives of two people.
According to initial reports, an SUV was swerving in and out of the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 181, near Green Lake Street, before crashing and overturning. Two people, 36-year-old Nicky Delafuente, and an unidentified man were ejected from the car and died at the scene. Two other passengers inside the car were brought to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition. Only the driver and one passenger were unscathed.
The SUV’s driver, Joseph Anthony Robles, was subjected to a blood draw warrant after authorities suspected that he was under the influence of a narcotic. Drug paraphernalia was scattered throughout the vehicle and debris in the roadway. As a result, he remains behind bars with a $175,000 bail.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
There are three common causes of car accidents, and these are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 people died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.
Moreover, a particular kind of vehicular accident that is considered to be one of the deadliest is a rollover. A 2010 statistics showed that rollovers comprised only 2.1% of nearly 9.1 million vehicular accidents, but they did account for well over 35% of all deaths. According to numerous studies, about 69% of the people who died from rollovers were not wearing any seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Vehicular accidents, especially DUI accidents and those involving rollovers, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/DUI accidents/rollover accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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