The police have initially blamed a drunk driver for a fiery crash in Houston that took the lives of three members of the same family. The accident happened on Antoine at North Beltway 8. According to reports, a man driving a silver SUV ran a red light while traveling south on Antoine and hit a van with such force that it spun around and burst into flames. A grandmother, her daughter, and her infant granddaughter were all killed in the crash. An 11-year-old girl was thrown from the van and survived. Police charged the driver who caused the deadly crash with three counts of intoxication manslaughter.
DUI Traffic Fatalities
Texas has one of the highest rates of DUI traffic fatalities in the country. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), gathers data from traffic accidents across the state. Harris County in Houston has one of the highest rates of DUI fatalities in the state. Approximately 30% of all fatal crashes involve a DUI driver. Thousands of accidents involving a DUI driver occur in the state every year. These crashes and deaths are preventable. In addition to a large number of deaths, DUI drivers are responsible for thousands of serious and non-incapacitating crashes with injuries. In 2017 there were 3,721 deaths, 17,546 suspected serious injuries, 80,621 non-incapacitating injuries, and 156,686 possible injuries due to drunk drivers in Texas.
Penalties for DUI
Law enforcement takes DUI seriously. The laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated have become stricter over the years. If you are convicted of a DUI some of the penalties you face include driving restrictions, fines, jail time, DUI and driving classes, and more. The penalties are high for those who have had previous DUI convictions and where an accident with injuries or fatalities occurred. Police may request that you take a breath test at the scene to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Texas law prohibits drivers aged 21 and over from driving if they have a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
Preventing DUI Accidents
Driving while drunk is a serious impairment. Drivers often are unaware of their impairment and therefore feel they are safe to drive. There is no reason to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have been drinking. Even a few drinks can cause an impairment that could result in a serious accident. Click here to view our interactive on the real cost of a DWI. A person who drives while intoxicated is negligent. If you plan to drink, designate a driver to remain sober or call a shared ride service to take you home. When you get behind the wheel after drinking you are risking your life and the lives of innocent people on the roadways.
Free Consultation on DWI accidents
If you were hurt in an accident caused by an impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Damages may include such things as medical costs, money for lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering, among other things. Contact the legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial case consultation to discuss your injuries.