Drunk Driving Accident Statistics in Texas
DWI Accident Statistics in the State of Texas
There are a lot of reasons to be proud to be a Texan, however the fact that our state leads the country in drunk driving accidents is not one of them. In 2011 the Texas Department of transportation (TxDOT) reported a total of 2,751 fatal drunk driving crashes, 57,919 involved serious injuries and 80,705 resulted in other injuries. These numbers speak for themselves and provide more than enough justification for further action to be taken by law enforcement officers, attorneys and citizens alike to put a stop to these kinds of accidents.
What are the Ramifications of Drinking and Driving?
You may be surprised to know that the state of Texas maintains one of the highest percentages of DWI accident fatalities in the United States, with 40% of all vehicular deaths in Texas involving intoxicated drivers. While under the influence of alcohol you lack the ability to control your motor functions and your mental acuteness is also affected negatively. Therefore, it goes without saying that operating heavy machinery such as a car would be incredibly dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. When a person is injured and dies in an alcohol-related car crash, it may surprise you to know that there are parties other than those that are physically in the vehicles that can be held liable. Under Texas’s dram shop liability laws, if the intoxicated party was over-served alcohol at a Houston drinking establishment, then that establishment may be held liable as well. In order to mitigate the amount of fatalities that occur every year from intoxication, harsher penalties may need to be levied on the parties in the best position to prevent these types of accidents from occurring.
Are Alcohol Related Fatality Rates in Texas Improving?
What is particularly troublesome is that even though law enforcement officers in Texas have cracked down in recent years in their pursuit of drunk drivers, the numbers are still incredibly high. An article in September of 2011 revealed that the Texas DPS
reported more arrests during 2011′s Labor Day festivities than the year before. The high number of arrests that are made and the threat of jail time and costly attorney and court fees does not seem to be significant enough to keep Texans from getting behind the wheel after drinking too much alcohol.
There has been a promising decline in the amount of fatality statistics from 2009 and 2010 nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that in 2010 the overall amount of drunk driving fatalities fell in the United States as a whole. Texas remains the front-runner in the amount of drunk driving fatalities with California and Florida falling 2nd and 3rd respectively. Therefore, while we are moving in a positive direction, it is just not enough.
An article from 2010 reported that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) listed Texas as being among the 10 states that have done the least in order to prevent drunk driving accidents. In fact, it was reported that Texas has only followed 4 out of the NTSB’s 11 recommendation to eradicate what they call ‘hard core’ drunk driving (which is when a driver has a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater or is a repeat offender). The NTSB recommends that implementing at least 8 out of these 11 recommendations.
What Legal Remedies are Available to me if I Have Been Affected by a Drunk Driver Accident?
If a loved one has been injured or killed in a Houston drunk driving accident, you are not without recourse. You have the ability to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit by which you can recover for the pain and loss that you have suffered because of this tragedy. There are legal mechanisms that exist to allow you to be compensated for these losses and you should not have to suffer without any help. The Houston attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have experience dealing with drunk driving accident lawsuits for 24 years, and we can help you too. Contact us at 1-855-392-0000 to discuss your case with an attorney for free.