Drunk driving is a nationwide problem that takes thousands of lives each year. Unfortunately, a person does not have to be intoxicated to be involved in a drunk driving accident. In fact, a large number of the deaths recorded both in Texas and nationwide involve drivers who were the victims of another individual driving above the legal limit for alcohol.
A 74-year-old father from Baxar County, Texas, is constantly reminded of the impacts of drunk driving. Twenty years ago, the Baxar County man’s son was killed by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, this 74-year-old cabinet maker isn’t the only one who is reminded of how drunk driving can kill.
When compared to the national average, the amount of drunk driving accidents in Texas is higher than anywhere else. While there may not be an explanation as to why, statistics show that it’s a proven fact and that Baxar County has the second highest number of DWI deaths in the state. In 2011, there were 79 drunk driving-related deaths in Baxar County. While steps are being taken to help get drunk drivers off the road, such as the “no refusal” policy that requires drivers to take a blood or breathalyzer test if suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, the amount of accidents involving alcohol is still very high.
A DWI attorney can help assist individuals or family members individuals who have been involved in a drunk driving accident. In some cases, those involved may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and or medical costs associated with being involved in a drunk driving accident.
Source: KHOU.com – Houston, “It’s families losing the most as Texas leads nation in DWI deaths“, Freddy Hunt / Kens5.com, May 03, 2013