Texas Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer: Discusses Drinking and Driving Statistics in Texas
Drunk driving is a major problem in the United States. Unfortunately, it’s an even greater problem in Texas. The drunk driving attorneys at our Law Offices share the following intoxicated accident statistics with you in hopes that you will recall them the next time you, or someone you’re with, thinks they’re able to drive a vehicle, even if they’ve had a few drinks.
Texas holds the dubious honor of having the most drunken driving related accidents in all of the United States. In other words, more accidents occur in Texas related to drunk drivers than anywhere else in the country.
When a fatality occurs on Texas roads caused by a vehicle, nearly fifty percent of these accidents are caused by drunk drivers.
Drunk drivers are the cause behind five deaths per day in Texas.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 1,200 people were killed in Texas in one year as a result of intoxicated drivers.
These drunk driving accident statistics are a grim reminder of the incalculable cost of human lives lost because of drunk drivers.
Regulating the BAC
Furthermore, while steps have been made by the federal and state governments to properly regulate blood alcohol content levels, more progress could be made. Today, every state must enforce a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08%. In the early ‘90s, the legal BAC level was .10% for most states. Studies that compared alcohol-related accidents from both time periods showed a marked decrease in incidents after the BAC level was lowered. However, despite this improvement, 16,000 people are still killed every year in America because of the actions of drunk drivers.
What if I’ve Been in a Drunk Driving Accident?
If you or a loved one of yours has been involved in a drunk driving accident, don’t allow yourself or your family member to become part of the drunk driving accident statistics. To the experienced drunk driving accident lawyers at our Law Firm, you or your loved one will never be a number or statistic. We will be alongside you to see to it that you are properly compensated for your pain and injuries. It’s also important that you contact an experienced law firm as drunk driving cases typically involve dram shop causes of action. This means that an establishment or bar that knowingly serves alcohol to an already impaired individual, or allows that person to leave their establishment while intoxicated, can be held partially liable for an accident that may occur as a result of the drunk driver’s inebriated driving. This can oftentimes be difficult to prove for a lesser-experienced attorney unfamiliar with what is necessary to prove a dram shop cause of action in a drunk driving case. However, with our 20 years of experience in dealing with drunk driving cases in Texas, the attorneys at our Law Offices are well prepared to handle your case.
Because of that same experience, every major insurance carrier knows our reputation for seeking fair compensation for our clients. They often respect us to the degree that they will offer our client out of court settlements because they know we have a high likelihood of winning the case should it go to trial. In other words, our experience benefits you and may help you get you quickly back on your feet while also receiving fair compensation for any physical injuries or property damage sustained as a result of a drunk driving accident. Call us so that we can help you seek justice in your drunk driving accident case.