Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer Houston

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident in Texas, it is imperative that you contact a drunk driving accident Lawyer in Houston at the Pursley Law Firm as soon as possible to determine whether you can file suit against the drunk driver that caused the accident. Our drunk driver accident attorney has successfully represented clients in Dallas, Houston, and Austin in DWI related accidents.

It is well known that close to half of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. are due to drunk driving related accidents. According to the NHTSA, “in the U.S. in 2004 there were 16,694 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes. This is a decrease of 2.4 percent compared to 2003 (17,105 fatalities), and it represents an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 31 minutes. 39% of fatal crashes and 7% of all crashes in 2004. Automobile and other transportation accidents occurring in the state of Texas are no exception to these statistics. According to MADD, Texas has a higher number of alcohol related deaths from traffic accidents per year than California, even though the state of California has a larger population.

Often a charge can be brought against a person who caused an accident while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (and sometimes a charge can even be brought against those that sold them the alcohol). In Texas, as in all other states in the U.S., the legal blood alcohol count, (BAC), that determines whether a person can be officially charged with driving while intoxicated, is .08. This can apply to anyone driving any type of motor vehicle, including boats, (BWI).

In 1999, the NHTSA estimated the monetary costs associated with drunk driving accidents in each state. Alcohol-related crashes in Texas cost the public an estimated $10.3 billion, including $4.5 billion in monetary costs and almost $5.8 billion in quality of life losses. Alcohol-related crashes are deadlier and more serious than other crashes. People other than the drinking driver paid $6.3 billion of the alcohol-related bill. The NHTSA further estimated that the average alcohol-related accident fatality in Texas costs $3.3 million comprised of $1.1 million in monetary damages and $2.2 million in quality of life losses. Also, the estimated cost per injured survivor of an alcohol-related accident averaged $96,000; half for monetary costs and the other $48,000 for quality of life losses. Everyone pays for drunk driving, not just those involved in the accidents. It is imperative that prevention resources, like Sober Ride are fully supported and enacted all over Texas and all over the U.S. MADD has several programs and prevention tips that are useful too.

Drinking and driving often only leads to tragedy. It is important for you to seek legal advice and support if you have been the victim of a drunk driver.

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