Jul 24

How Drunk Drivers are Hurting Texas

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Drunk Driving Accidents

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Thousands of car accidents occur in the state of Texas every year. While many of these accidents are caused by external events, such as poor weather or bad road surface conditions, others are caused by the irresponsible and negligent actions of those who get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.

For a look at how drunk drivers are hurting Texas, and an analysis of drunk driving statistics in the state and the injuries and fatalities that accompany them, refer to the following:

Fatalities Involving Drunk Drivers in Texas

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 1,127 people killed in an accident that involved a driver that was under the influence of alcohol in 2012, accounting for 33 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle crashes for the year. This number was seven percent higher than the year before, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). In 2013, that number dropped slightly, with 1,089 people killed in an accident that involved a drunk driver, bringing the percentage of fatalities that were contributed to drunk driving down to 32.2 percent.

A Look at Accident Numbers

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the fatality rate for Texas roadways in 2012 was 1.44 deaths per hundred million miles traveled, and there were 3,413 people killed in an automobile accident in the state in the same year, with one reported crash occurring every 76 seconds. According to MADD, alcohol-related crashes totaled in at 25,671 for 2012, and alcohol related crash injuries came to a whopping 16,882.

When are Drunk Drivers Most Dangerous?

Drunk drivers are a hazard to people any time they’re on the road, but according to the Texas Department of Transportation, the majority of accidents involving an intoxicated driver for 2012 occurred between the hours of 2:00 AM and 2:59 AM more than any other hour of the day, and on Saturdays more than any other day of the week. The same was true for the year 2013. A finding which is not too surprising considering that Texas law prohibits establishments from serving alcohol after 2:00 AM.  According to MADD, fatal accidents involving a drunk driver were 4.5 times more likely to occur at night than during the day in 2011, and 15 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, compared to 31 percent on the weekends.

Drinking and driving is never a good option, and drunk drivers are causing significant harm to those in Texas. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, contact Tate Law Offices today by calling 888-662-3892 for a free case review.