Memorial Day Drunk Driving Accidents

AAA estimates that more than 2.8 million Texans will be hitting the roads, traveling at least 50 miles, this Memorial Day weekend as summer unofficially kicks off. But despite the exciting plans and memories there are to be made across the state, the excessive traffic creates risks on our roads that can be exacerbated by truck traffic, alcohol and drug consumption and even drowsy and distracted driving.

Holiday Traffic: DWI’s, Collisions and Car Accidents

While lakes, city activities, parks and other attractions across Texas draw travelers from all over the Lone Star state as well as the nation, DWI’s can also be a problem that provokes law enforcement officials to bump the number of officers patrolling busy roadways.

In some cities across the state, police are continuing “no refusal” efforts, which allows law enforcement officials to collect blood or conduct a breath test whether the driver stopped consents or not (with the use of a search warrant authorized by judges, who are sometimes on-call during these “no-refusal weekends.”)

While the number of law enforcement officials are often increased during holiday weekends, drunk driving accidents are another dangerous result that can leave passengers, drivers, occupants and pedestrians with serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Every 51 minutes someone in the United States is killed in a car accident involving alcohol, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. In 2010 alone, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol related car accidents, the NHTSA notes.

Despite shocking statistics highlighting the prevalence of drunk driving accidents in Texas and across the nation, more than 96,000 people were arrested in 2009 in Texas for driving under the influence. The number of people affected by drunk driving accidents in Texas extend beyond those seriously injured or killed in tragic, completely preventable accidents tied to drunk driving.

Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys in Texas

Most drunk driving accidents are not caused by the mere drink or two prior to sliding behind the wheel and heading home from the bar or restaurant. Instead, as many as 70 percent of drunk drivers involved in a DWI accident have a blood alcohol level higher the .15 percent, much higher than the legal limit beneath .08 percent.

Statistics displaying astounding levels of blood alcohol in many drivers involved in drunk driving accidents don’t seem to discourage drivers who have had too much to drink or the Dram shops who continue to serve alcohol to those who have obviously consumed too much.

Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident? Call For A Free Consultation Today!

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, call our DWI accident lawyers in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 254-870-3621, contact our drunk driving accident lawyers only or visit one of the 11 office locations for our drunk driving accident injury law firm in Texas for a free consultation today.

Our experienced attorneys, professional medical consultants, private investigators and caring staff may not be able to reverse the injuries endured or death of a loved one at the hands of drunk driving, but we can help you hold negligent drivers, Dram shops and drunk drivers responsible while seeking just compensation for injuries and loss. We care. We can help.

*The content of this website has been prepared for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The material posted on this website is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship, and readers should not act upon it without seeking professional counsel.

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