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Texas Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Dec-2016

drunk drivingAccording to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in 2013, Texas had 1,337 deaths that were caused by drunk drivers, leading the nation with this grim number. As we all know, crashes do not always have to end in fatalities, but can also cause life-changing injuries. That same year, there were 15,687 alcohol related crash injuries and over 25,479 crashes total. These last two numbers include drivers whose BAC was below the legal limit of 0.08. Even if you are below the legal limit, it does not mean you have the wherewithal to command a vehicle.

The numbers have improved since 2011, when the number of DUI related fatalities was as high as 3,015, not even accounting for those who may have had a BAC of less than 0.08. However, any crash, injury, or death that occurs due to drunk driving is something that should and could be avoided.

If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver in the state of Texas, there are harsh penalties in place to help you seek justice for any damages, injuries, or loss you may suffer. Texas has a minimum penalty of jail confinement for 72 hours for being intoxicated while driving and a fine as high as $500. It can also involve license suspension, community service, and intervention programs. If involved in an accident, the punishment is much more severe. If a drunk driver causes severe bodily injury or death, they can be convicted of a 3rd degree felony.

At The Stewart Law Firm, we are here to help you pursue justice if a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one. We will help seek compensation for your losses by filing an injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance. When we take on a case, we investigate every aspect. If a dram shop liability played a role in your accident, it will allow you to also pursue the prosecution of a liquor establishment that may have served an already intoxicated individual. We do not charge fees unless we win your case. Call us today at 512-271-5112

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