33-year-old Man Killed in Late-Night Single-Vehicle Accident
According to a KSAT News report, a man is dead after losing control while navigating a turn in a late-night single-vehicle accident on August 5, 2023.
Police reported that the accident occurred at around 8 p.m. Friday. The man was speeding around a turn at the 500 Block of the I-10 Westbound entrance ramp. He failed to properly navigate the turn, causing him to crash into a ditch before hitting a concrete bridge. He was identified later as Kevin Shane Rivas, 33, by the Bexar County Medical Examiner. Police are unsure if alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Did You Know?
34.4% of all traffic fatalities in 2021 were from single-vehicle accidents.
What You Need to Know About Single-Vehicle Accidents in San Antonio
Single-vehicle accidents happen a lot more than most people would assume. By definition, a single-vehicle accident involves only one vehicle. While that might seem pretty straightforward, there are different classifications of single-vehicle accidents that will affect how they are handled.
Classifications of Single-Vehicle Accidents
There are many different kinds of accidents that involve only one vehicle, such as:
- A car hits a pedestrian
- A car hits someone riding a bike
- A car hits a building
- A car runs off the road
- A car hits a guardrail
However, just because an accident was a single-vehicle accident doesn’t mean the driver is always to blame.
Liability in Single-Vehicle Accidents
There are cases when the blame for a single-vehicle accident may not fall on the driver. For example, poor road conditions, such as potholes, sinkholes, or loose gravel, can cause a driver to lose control even if they’re following all the rules of the road. Or, another driver may run someone off the road, causing them to crash into a guardrail without ever hitting them. Or, perhaps construction crews obstruct the road with debris and cause a serious accident.
In these cases, the driver may not be entirely to blame for an accident. It should be noted that in most cases, the driver is solely to blame for an accident, even if they were swerving to miss an animal. However, if you think something else contributed to or caused your single-vehicle accident, talk to an auto accident attorney at Carabin Shaw today with the live chat at the bottom right of your screen.
Can I Leave Without Calling the Police if No One Was Injured?
A common question people ask about single-vehicle accidents is if it’s okay to leave if no one is hurt.
Texas law requires that a driver must stop and report any accident that involves:
- Any injury to a person, no matter how minor,
- and any property damage, either to the vehicle or some other property (like a damaged street sign or guardrail).
So, if you spin out but don’t hit anything and are not hurt, you don’t need to report the accident or stay at the scene. But, if you hit anything, or if you or a passenger was injured, you have to stay at the scene and report the accident to the police.
Hire Carabin Shaw Auto Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in a single-vehicle accident that wasn’t your fault, or if you think something else contributed to your accident, talk to Carabin Shaw auto accident attorneys. We have 30 years of experience representing single-vehicle accident victims in San Antonio, and we care. Contact us today at 800-862-1260 or via the live chat at the bottom right of your screen. We look forward to working with you.