Texas has some of the strictest laws in the nation, but despite that, it is not uncommon for residents to push their luck by breaking the law. One way Texans routinely break the law is by drinking and driving.
Numbers do Not Lie
The drunk driving stats in Texas are abominable. In fact, the Lone Star state leads the nation in the number of drunk driving incidents, with approximately
- 17,434 alcohol-related incidents;
- 538 alcohol related deaths; and
- 10,024 to 12,150 serious injuries that stemmed from an alcohol-related accident.
Sadly, these numbers are probably lower than the actual amount if you take into account the number of investigations not followed through or the instances in which drunk drivers were not tested. When you break down the number of alcohol-related accidents by city, the problem becomes more real and more severe. The numbers for each of Texas's major cities are as follows:
- Dallas DWI Stats: 1,310 total DUI crashes; 304 serious injury crash events; 453 serious injuries; 52 fatal crashes; 56 fatalities
- San Antonio DWI Stats: 1,845; 266 serious injury crash events; 381 serious injuries; 44 fatal crashes; 52 fatalities
- Houston DWI Stats: 1,492 total DUI crashes; 261 serious injury crash events; 415 serious injuries; 89 fatal crashes; 93 fatalities;
- Austin DWI Stats: 1,432 total DUI crashes; 300 serious injury crash events; 414 serious injuries; 15 fatal crash events; 15 fatalities
- Fort Worth DWI Stats: 621 total DUI crashes; 103 serious injury crash events; 152 serious injuries; 19 fatal crashes; 19 fatalities
Suburbs have a high number of DWI crashes and injuries as well, with college towns ranking high up on the list of dangerous locales. Though the numbers fluctuate a bit from year to year, they remain more or less the same.
Your Legal Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident
If you were injured by a drunk driver in Texas, or if a loved one was killed by a drunk driver, you are not without options. The law provides a way for injured parties to pursue compensation from the negligent party and his or her insurance company via a personal injury claim or, if your injuries are bad enough, a lawsuit. Not only can you help yourself by filing a claim, but you can also help the state fight back against drunk drivers and keep them off our roads.
Filing a personal injury claim against a drunk driver is no different than filing a claim against a sober negligent driver. The only difference is that there may be more at stake, as drunk driving accidents are often far worse than standard accidents.
Your Best Chance at Compensation Begins With a Competent Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an alcohol related car accident, do not just stand by and do nothing. You have rights to compensation and justice. Uphold those rights and contact an experienced Dallas car accident lawyer regarding your case right away. You have limited time to file a claim, so the sooner you reach out to a lawyer, the better. Call Udeshi Clark and Associates today to get started.
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