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How common are drunk driving accidents in Texas?

Road accidents are all too common in Texas. Factors such as bad weather, fatigued drivers, speeding and any number of other elements can all come into play. However, one particularly common and preventable cause of road accidents is drunk driving. When someone chooses to operate their vehicle while intoxicated, he or she puts everyone else on the road at risk. A single mistake can cause a chain reaction resulting in serious injuries or even death.

According to statistics on the I Drive Safely website, 2011 saw over 3,000 deaths in Texas as a result of drunk driving. The number of DUI accidents was just over 2,500. The numbers are distressing, yet sadly unsurprising. Too many people are still willing to risk their lives and those of others by driving while under the influence of alcohol.

To reflect this worrying trend, Texas has particularly strict DUI laws. Not only is it illegal to have a blood alcohol concentration in excess of 0.08 percent, it is even illegal to have an open alcohol container with you when you are driving, regardless of whether you have consumed anything from it or not. A first-time DUI offense comes with a minimum penalty of 72 hours in jail, as well as fines of up to $500. However, this is a small price to pay for putting lives at risk.

If you are harmed by a drunk driver, you may want to seek justice and compensation for your injuries. An attorney can help you determine whether you have a case. He or she might also be able to assist you in pressing charges and pursuing the remuneration you deserve.

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