You have no way of knowing whether the motorists with whom you happen to be sharing a Texas roadway are safe drivers. In fact, if you travel by motor vehicle on a frequent basis, you’re likely to encounter some drivers who are downright reckless behind the wheel. During the summer, many people travel to or through Texas on vacation.
Current data shows that drunk driving collisions happen more often during holiday seasons and most people consider summer break a holiday time. From college students binge drinking on vacation to the habitual drinker and repeat offender who might be nearby at any time, your life and those of your loved ones may be greatly at risk.
An hour doesn’t pass without a drunk driving death
One of the most startling drunk driving statistics in the United States is that approximately every 48 minutes, someone who suffered injuries in a drunk driving collision dies. This equates to more than 30 deaths per day in Texas and elsewhere across the country that are directly related to people’s irresponsible choices to consume alcohol then operate motor vehicles.
Tens of thousands die in preventable crashes
If police ask you to take a Breathalyzer test, they are checking your blood alcohol content level. A result of .08 or higher means you may face charges for illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Like all safe drivers, you likely consider such risks before getting behind the wheel.
What about the drivers who don’t? In 2017, more than 10,000 lives were lost because of people who drove their vehicles while they were drunk. In fact, over a 10-year period, that many people died every year because of drunk driving. What makes it all worse is that drunk driving collisions are easily preventable.
If you survive a drunk driving collision, you may have a long road ahead to achieve a full recovery. Many times, full recovery isn’t even possible due to partial or full permanent disability that resulted from a sudden impact in a crash. You will no doubt heavily rely on your loved ones as well as a competent medical team to help you live as high quality a life as possible under the circumstances.
Many accident victims also turn to experienced personal injury attorneys for support. The state allows them to seek financial recovery for their losses in a civil court, which can be tremendously helpful toward meeting expenses associated with medical bills or other accident-related costs.