Being injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver can cause a person to feel tremendous frustration and anger. Unfortunately, as we have discussed in an earlier post, drunk driving is a serious problem on Texas roads and everyone is at risk of being injured in a DWI accident.
In recent years Texas has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in annual drunk driving deaths, with more than 1,300 alcohol-related road fatalities in 2012. As we discussed in an earlier post, when the numbers are adjusted for population, Texas drops to 10th place for drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people. Nonetheless, it's still far too many.
Drunk driving continues to be a major cause of death and injury in Texas and throughout the United States. In recent years progress has been made in reducing drunk driving deaths. But that progress has slowed recently. As a result, some law enforcement officials are considering innovative ideas to target the hard core of repeat drunk driving offenders.
With summer in Sugar Land come ball games, picnics, camping trips and trips to the beach. At all of these events, it is not unusual for participants to enjoy a cold beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail. While most people drink responsibly, there will be those who put not only their own, but every other motorist's life in their hands, and drive drunk.
As we have pointed out in a previous post in this blog, Texas has a serious drunk driving problem. In fact the state has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in fatal drunk driving accidents. Law enforcement is fighting the problem aggressively, and drunk drivers face serious penalties if convicted. Repeat offenders, and those who cause serious injuries or death in an accident, can face decades in prison.
Many Texans are probably aware that our state leads the nation in total drunk driving deaths. According to data from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, almost 1,300 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2012. Of these, 169 were under 21 years of age, the most deaths in this age category of any state.
Drunk drivers are a leading cause of death and serious injuries in the greater Houston area. In what appears to be the latest tragic example, a 74-year-old man was struck by a car and killed while walking across a road in Houston on New Year's Eve. The driver has been charged with DWI and driving without a valid driver's license.
Drunk drivers are easily among the most dangerous people on Texas roads and highways. In fact, Texas has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in drunk driving deaths. In 2012, there were 1,296 deaths caused by drunk drivers in the state. Those deaths represented 38 percent of all traffic deaths that year. To make matters worse, the 2012 total represented an increase in drunk driving deaths of almost seven percent over the previous year.
Drunk driving continues to take a heavy toll of lives in Texas. Despite public awareness campaigns to combat drunk driving and the best efforts of law enforcement agencies, people continue to get behind the wheel when they are in no condition to operate a motor vehicle. A recent criminal case provides one more example of the tragic waste of life caused by drunk driving.
Readers of this blog probably know that if you are injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to sue that driver for damages. But what happens if you are in a car accident while you are driving on the job?