Driving while intoxicated in Texas, or DWI is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC, of .08% or higher. Approximately 65,000 people were arrested for DWI in Texas last year, according to statistics maintained by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD. Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers happen with alarming frequency on Texas roadways every day.
Across the United States, over 300,000 motorists drive drunk. Only about 3,200 of these individuals are arrested for DUI or DWI.
Injuries and Fatalities Involving Motorists Driving While Impaired
1,323 people were killed in Texas in DWI accidents in 2016, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. 38% of all traffic fatalities occur in DWI accidents. Thousands more men, women, and children are injured in DWI accidents, oftentimes seriously so, on the roadways of the Lone Star State. The percentage of injury accidents caused by intoxicated drivers is also at about 40% of all motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries. The bottom line is that a major cause of motor vehicle accident injuries in Texas is intoxicated drivers.
DWI Accidents and Exemplary Damages
Texas law permits an award of what are known as exemplary or punitive damages in certain types of personal injury or wrongful death cases. Exemplary damages result in the award of additional money in a lawsuit brought in a personal injury or wrongful death matter. Exemplary damages are ordered to do more than providing an injured person, or the family of a deceased individual, extra compensation. This type of compensation is awarded to serve as a sort of punishment for conduct by the party that caused a DWI accident that is deemed particularly reckless or egregious. Here is another article we did on punitive damages from DWI accidents.
Hire a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a DWI or DUI accident, you need to take a proactive stance to best protect your legal rights and interests. Speaking with a DWI accident lawyer in Houston is a good first step! A key to plotting this course is scheduling an appointment with an experienced personal injury lawyer. You need to select a lawyer that has specific experience in representing people injured in DWI accidents.
A personal injury attorney will meet with you, at no cost or obligation, to discuss your case and provide you an evaluation of the matter. Legal counsel will also provide answers to any questions you have regarding the accident, your injuries, and steps to pursue an insurance claim or lawsuit. There is no fee charged for an initial consultation with a Houston drunk driving accident lawyer.
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