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How Common Are Drunk Driving Accidents in Texas?

By Luke Dow on May 16, 2017

As the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Unfortunately, that adage applies to drunk driving fatalities. There were 1,323 alcohol-related traffic deaths in our state in 2015, which was by far the highest in the country.

A recent study conducted by BackgroundChecks.org ranked Texas as the 12th worst state in the nation in terms of drunk driving. More than 70,800 people in our state were arrested for drunk driving in 2014—434 of whom were younger than 18.

Although a DWI conviction in Texas comes with severe penalties, a deplorable number of people make a habit out of drunk driving. Unfortunately, these offenders not only put their freedoms at risk, but they also endanger the lives of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

If you were injured or lost a family member in a collision with a drunk driver, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm to discuss your case. In addition to economic and non-economic damages, you also may be able to recover punitive damages.

Attorney Luke Dow will investigate your collision, examine the police report, and help you fight for the maximum payout. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in Austin.

Drunk Driving Is Alarmingly Common Among Teenagers in Texas

According to Right Step, approximately 13 percent of all fatal DWI accidents in Texas involve a drunk driver who is younger than 21. In fact, our state’s drunk driving fatality rate is higher than the national average across all age groups.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 13,138 people in Texas died in alcohol-related accidents between 2003 in 2012. In a CDC survey, 2.1 percent of adults in Texas admitted that they had driven after consuming too much alcohol within the 30 days prior to the study.

How to Avoid Collisions with Drunk Drivers

As you can see, our state’s roads are peppered with intoxicated motorists, so it is important that you are proactive about avoiding alcohol-related collisions. The following three tips could save your life:

  1. Do Not Drive between Midnight and 3 a.m.
There are more drunk drivers on the road between midnight and 3 a.m. than at any other time interval of the day. Try to stay off the road at these times.
  1. Keep Your Distance from Motorists Who Appear Intoxicated
Keep your distance from drivers who show one or more of the following signs of intoxication:
  • Straddling two lanes;
  • Drifting onto the shoulder;
  • Swerving within the lane;
  • Almost hitting an object in the road;
  • Abnormal braking patterns; or
  • Driving with the headlights turned off at night.
  1. Stay off the Road during Drinking Holidays
Christmas, New Years, the Fourth of July, and Memorial Day weekend are the most dangerous times to be on the road. Try to avoid driving on these drinking holidays.

Although these tips can reduce your risk of getting in a drunk driving accident, all it takes is one intoxicated motorist to cause a tragedy. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk driver in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is a board-certified injury attorney in Austin who will help you pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 512-518-4104. You can learn more about drunk driving accident claims by visiting USAttorneys.com.

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