Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2013 - According to Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale, the latest alleged drunk driving accidents in Texas underscore the issue faced by the state when it comes to inebriated driving.
“Drunk driving incidents happen far too often in the Houston area, as well as across the country," said Hale. "Unfortunately what we are seeing may indicate that the issue is not so much a lack of public education about the dangers of drinking and driving, as much as it is an issue of how people perceive their own level of inebriation when they get behind the wheel. And how we tackle that level of denial continues to be an issue."
In an accident in early August in Houston, a man is suspected of driving while intoxicated. While driving his Ford Explorer, he allegedly ran a stop sign and struck a smaller vehicle, a Honda Civic. The driver of the Honda Civic suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the accident.
A similar, but separate, accident happened in north Houston in mid-August when a driver allegedly ran a stop sign and hit another vehicle. The driver of that second vehicle also suffered fatal injuries and died shortly after impact. The driver fled on foot and was apprehended after a police chase. He was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to reports.
“These accidents are just tragic," said Hale. "And while we must work to change this reckless behavior, it is imperative that we fight for the rights of the victims and their families.”
Texas has one of the highest drunk driving accident and fatality rates in the United States; if the number of alcohol-related fatalities in 2013 in Harris County alone continues on trend, it will exceed the number of alcohol-related driving fatalities for both 2011 and 2012.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), every 45 minutes in the U.S., there is a fatality due to a drunk driving accident. One-third of all drivers who are arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated are repeat offenders, and as much as 72 percent of drunk drivers who are injured in crashes due to their intoxication are never charged.
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