It’s no profound statement to say that the invention of the car changed this country in countless ways. Automobiles allowed us to spread out to the suburbs. They gave us a sense of freedom that plays into our American heritage. They also allowed us to move things with relative ease. Because of this, we rely on them perhaps more than any other country in the world, taking 233 billion trips per year in our vehicles.
Sometimes in Texas, you come across traffic incidents that just make you scratch your head. More often than not, they involve intoxicated drivers doing foolish and dangerous things that no reasonable person would ever do. The resulting drunk driving accidents are often tragic and sometimes involve innocent victims.
It’s a sad fact that people die needlessly. It’s also a sad fact that drunk driving accidents take lives indiscriminately—there’s no accounting for age, sex or social status. By the same token, drunk drivers come in all forms—young, old, rich or poor, getting behind the wheel while intoxicated seems to have no social boundaries.
With the high volume of traffic on the roads, drivers need to be alert and focused at all times. Even then, they can run into trouble. When someone on the road is intoxicated, they are unable to respond as well as they might need to, posing a threat to themselves and others. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are not uncommon. One such case was suspected in Texas recently.
It's a well-known fact that drunk driving accidents break families every day. In the blink of an eye, a loved one is gone, and no amount of money can bring them back or ease the pain. But justice can be served. You may be able to make sure the right people are held accountable for their negligence. Unlike many other accidents, drunk driving accidents are 100 percent avoidable.
They like to say everything is big in Texas, but when it comes to binge drinking, it's not just Texas that has a problem. Researchers asked high school seniors and found that 1 in 5 admitted to drinking five or more drinks in a row in a two-week period. This is considered the base line for binge drinking, but some high school students take it further, consuming 10 drinks at a time, an a frightening 5.6 percent say that they have 15 or more drinks at one sitting.
A man pled guilty to his ninth DWI charge last week and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Unfortunately, he will be eligible for parole in seven-and-a-half-years, but the Assistant District Attorney noted that he hoped the man be in for a "long time." The latest DWI charge occurred in September of 2011, when a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy observed the man's pickup weaving across the road into oncoming traffic.
A bar in Galveston that allegedly sold alcohol to a patron who was obviously intoxicated has been sued for $1 million in damages for the death of a 34-year-old women who was killed as she and her boyfriend walked along the seawall.