Are Texas DUI Fatalities Spiraling Out of Control?

Texas has one of the highest rates of driving under the influence (DUI) traffic fatalities in the country. Thousands of accidents involving a DUI driver occur every year resulting in crashes and death. The Texas Department of Transportation gathers data from traffic accidents across the state. In 2017, there were 3,721 deaths, 17,546 suspected serious injuries, 80,621 non-incapacitating injuries, and 156,686 possible injuries due to drunk drivers in Texas. Recently, it was announced that Harris County in Houston, Texas has one of the highest rates of DUI fatalities in the state. It has been found that approximately 30% of all fatal crashes involve a DUI driver.

Texas laws prohibit drivers aged 21 and over from driving if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Law enforcement takes DUI seriously, establishing stricter laws over the years. The penalties you face could include driving restrictions, fines, jail time, DUI, driving classes, and even severe consequences if you have any prior DUI convictions. If you have recently experienced a DUI injury accident, it is imperative that you make a speedy recovery. Hiring an attorney can help you receive compensation for not only your medical bills but your pain and suffering. Even if you suffer minor injuries, the trauma from such an intense experience can affect you for the rest of your life. Don’t be afraid to ask questions on certain issues whether that is the attorney’s experience, fee arrangements, or something else. Asking questions at the beginning, no matter how awkward they may be, can help you avoid significant headaches in the long run.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-231-9360 or toll-free at 713-222-7211.