What is the Taxpayer Subsidy For DWI Accidents in Texas- 6 Billion

Written by Greg on June 19, 2015

According to MADD, which is a very reliable authority, Texas again leads the entire nation in the sad statistic of the largest number of deaths caused by a drunk driver.

The Madd report indicates 1337 people died in Texas from an alcohol-related crash. That number represented over one third of all the fatal traffic accidents in the state of Texas and is also an increase above the year 2012.

In the state of Texas there were over 15,600 people injured in a car accident where alcohol was a factor.

MADD also indicates there were almost 100,000 people arrested in the state of Texas for DUI in 2013, over 71,000 of those were convicted.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”700px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Further, MADD estimates that taxpayer subsidies for drunk driving fatalities totaled over $6 billion for the 2013 year![/dropshadowbox]

Even though Texas has fairly significant penalties for drunk driving offenses and juries and judges have been assessing record judgments and sentences for accidents caused by drinking drivers our statistics continue to be shaming.

Perhaps it is the old West mentality that the state of Texas is known for and one of its greatest strengths. Whatever the case, there is little doubt that the state of Texas has a serious problem with drunk driving accidents and also with taxpayers picking up the tab for underinsured or uninsured drunk drivers aftermath.

Recently, a bill was introduced to require those licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to carry liability insurance which would help take the burden of underinsured damages caused by drunk drivers off the back of the taxpaying public. Unfortunately, it appears that the bill failed to pass although it is desperately needed within the state of Texas.

Not many people realize that when someone is critically injured and hospitalized that when there is inadequate insurance should be at liability coverage of the drunk driver or someone who does not carry health insurance the taxpayers of the state usually end up holding the bag.

There is no silver bullet to this problem that Texas has with drunk drivers. It is apparent from many studies that a multi pronged approach must be taken which includes a heavy emphasis on education and initiatives aimed at new drivers.

All of us to remember the “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” campaign and others like it.

If you or a  loved one have been injured in a DUI accident and would like to know your rights and options or would like help with a DUI injury car accident -call us for a no obligation consultation- 281.587.1111.

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