One would think that given current public awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, drunk driving fatalities would be very nearly a thing of the past. Sadly, that’s not the case. Houston car accident attorneys are required on practically a daily basis to assist clients with claims resulting from DUIs.
On New Year’s Day, 2014, a young man driving a pickup truck slammed into a Mercedes, resulting in the death of the car’s passenger. The truck driver, who received only minor injuries, faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter. The driver of the Mercedes also had minor injuries, but the extent of his emotional trauma may be difficult to measure.
Houston car accident attorneys are called upon to assist the survivors of accidents like this one more often than they’d like. You may wonder how much alcohol your system can tolerate before you become unfit to drive. The answer may be as simple as “none.” Research shows that just one drink can affect driver reaction time.
If you’re thinking of drinking and driving, consider this sobering statistic – in Texas, someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash every twenty minutes. The safest thing to do if you’re going to be drinking is to stay home, or take a cab. Even if you’re not drinking, the most dangerous time for you to be on the road is on weekends, at night, or on holidays, because that’s when other people are drinking and driving.
If you are in an alcohol-related accident, contact a Houston car accident attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP. We can deal on your behalf with police, insurance companies, medical treatment providers and other parties to the accident in order to ensure that you are fairly and equitably compensated for your injuries. The consultation is free, and you can book an appointment today by calling 713-522-3529.