Drunk driving in Texas is a serious epidemic that results in high numbers of death and serious personal injury.
In 2011 Texas led the nation with 1,213 drunk driving fatalities. In 2012, drunk drivers caused 1,296 deaths across the state of Texas, a 7% increase from the prior year. Injuries sustained in alcohol related crashes were reported at 16,882 statewide. Harris County is the state leader based on the number of annual fatalities, with 175 deaths in 2012.
What is a DWI?
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas is the result of driving with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. The legal limit varies depending on the type of driver:
21 years or older: 0.08%
Commercial drivers: 0.04%
Drivers younger than 21: Any detectable amount
Regardless of the category of driver, personal injuries sustained in a DWI can have a serious and long-lasting impact.
Impact of Atascocita, TX Drunk Driving Accidents
The estimated cost per drunk driving death in Texas is $4.7 million, with $3.1 million associated with a loss of quality of life. The cost per survivor of a drunk driving accident is estimated at $144,000, with $74,000 attributed to loss of quality of life.
And these are just estimates. Injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident can be minor – broken bones, bruises and lacerations – or catastrophic – traumatic brain injury, paralysis and, of course, death. The costs associated with the injuries vary wildly depending on the severity of the injury and, in addition to medical bills, can include costs associated with:
- Loss of income for you and your spouse, if she must cut back work hours to care for you;
- Chronic pain;
- Loss of consortium or companionship; and
- Permanent injuries.
These are costs you do not have to suffer through alone. The personal injury attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm are committed to obtaining the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. We accomplish this not only by meticulously reviewing your case, but by limiting the number of personal injury cases we accept to ensure that each client receives highly personalized service and our undivided attention. This philosophy has resulted in a successful record of recovering hundreds of thousands, sometimes even millions, of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Our Atascocita, Texas Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or was killed due to a drunk driver, the Atascocita, Texas
personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm can help. For almost three decades we have focused solely on serious personal injury cases, including drunk driving accidents, giving our attorneys a depth of experience that is unmatched, and that has garnered us superior ratings from numerous attorney ranking authorities.
Call the Atascocita, Texas personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm today at (281) 587-1111 to schedule your free initial consultation. Not only is our first meeting free, but if you agree to our representation, you won’t pay a dime if we don’t recover.
 Traffic Safety Performance (Core Outcome) Measures for Texas, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012