DUI Can You Afford It?
Written by Greg on October 14, 2013
As a father of teenage drivers I am always worried about their safe return. Driving in a city as large as Houston can be stressful for experienced drivers and much different than growing up in a rural community.
Even the most experienced driver gets in trouble quickly when alcohol comes involved. Recent jail time handed out in the Houston area courts have been significant and here are a few examples:
A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to 38 years in prison after fatal DWI accident.
A man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after getting behind the wheel drunk and hitting the police officer on the side of the road.
A woman was sentenced to a life sentence after multiple DWI arrests.
Throughout the state of Texas, judges and juries have been handing out record punishment for DWI accidents when someone has been needlessly injured or killed.
It is noteworthy that only 20 or 25 years ago it was legal to have an “open container” in a vehicle while driving. In fact, some very accomplished political leaders fought tooth and nail to keep the open container exemption for Texas.
In civil trials juries are often asked to consider exemplary or punitive damages when someone offends the conscience of our community. This would include a drunk driving situation.
Most prudent insurance carriers work very hard to make sure they settle a DWI accident case to keep the matter out of a jury’s hands. Nevertheless, there are some insurance carriers who are willing to play Russian roulette with their insured’s future in order to try to settle a drunk driving accident case on the cheap.
Please do not drive drunk and counsel your children not to drink and drive and also not to “ride drunk”. Almost as many people get killed, as passengers are drunk drivers as those who are just hit by drunk drivers.