If you’ve ever driven in Texas, you’re likely aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. Online information, television ads, and news stories about drunk driving have been warning us for years; however, they have unfortunately not kept drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2019 alone, 812 people died in Texas drunk driving accidents. For those of us living in Houston, it’s important to note that Harris County leads the state with 3,603 such incidents. Beyond that, at least one nationwide survey found drunk driving is responsible for one in three traffic fatalities. When drivers make selfish, dangerous choices, it is up to society to hold them accountable for the damages they cause.

Why Is Drunk Driving Dangerous?

If someone drives drunk and injures or kills other people, he or she must not only live with the consequences emotionally, but they must also pay financial compensation to whose they’ve harmed and likely suffer a criminal penalty. Safely driving a car is difficult even when you are sober, but adding alcohol into the mix is putting your life and the lives of others on the road at risk. The physical perils of drunk driving are immense and these car accidents can lead to paralysis, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, and even wrongful death. Alcohol reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination, all of which are essential to operating a vehicle safely.

Drinking alcohol impairs one’s ability to drive by:

  • Slowing reaction time
  • Decreasing coordination
  • Reducing concentration
  • Impairing short term memory
  • Reducing the ability to track moving objects
  • Impairing perception
  • Blurring or otherwise inhibiting vision
  • Inhibiting judgment and decision making
  • Increasing the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident

Impaired driving is also a crime. Drunk drivers often pay significant fines, lose their licenses, and face incarceration for repeat offenses or cases harming others. A driver is legally intoxicated in Texas when their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08%, but they are breaking the law as soon as drugs or alcohol affect their ability to drive safely.

Common punishments for conviction of a drunk driving-related offense can include:

  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Driver’s license suspension / revocation
  • Imprisonment
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Vehicle license plate confiscation
  • Ignition interlock device (IID) restrictions
  • Mandatory alcohol abuse treatment

Houston Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Driving after drinking is deadly, yet it still continues to happen across the country. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver, call an experienced drunk driving accident attorney right away. Getting the compensation you need and deserve for is possible, but it’s not easy, so you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. The sooner you obtain an attorney to protect your legal rights, the better your chances are at successfully resolving your claims for injuries. If you live in Houston and have sustained serious injuries as a result of a drunk driving accident, contact us today for a free consultation about your claims.

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