Houston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
DWI Accidents Are the Leading Cause of Death on Texas Roads
According to the 2012 motor vehicle accident statistics provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), drunk driving accidents were the cause of only 4 percent of traffic collisions statewide last year, making this one of the least common causes of car accidents. DWI accidents, however, were the number-one cause of deaths on the roads of Texas, accounting for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents throughout the state. Drunk drivers and people driving while intoxicated (DWI) with drugs killed 1,099 Texans last year in addition to causing 8,137 injury crashes.
Based on the TxDOT statistics, people who are involved in drunk driving accidents are nearly twice as likely to suffer a catastrophic injury when compared with those involved in other types of car accidents and are five times more likely to die in such an accident. Drunk driving accidents are dangerous out of proportion to their frequency. This may be attributed in large part to the fact that the drunk driver is incapable of reacting in time to attempt to avoid the crash.
Why are drunk driving accidents so much more dangerous?
Whereas a sober driver may normally at least initiate evasive maneuvers upon recognizing that a collision is imminent, drunk drivers may do nothing because they do not realize what is happening. This is compounded by the fact that DWI accidents normally occur at nighttime when visibility is diminished. More than 80 percent of all drunk driving collisions in Texas occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with the deadliest hour being 2:00 - 3:00 a.m.
Why You Need a Houston Car Accident Attorney
Don't make the mistake of assuming that the fact that the drunk driver is clearly to blame for causing your accident means that you are guaranteed to receive fair compensation from the insurance company. Even in such cases of obvious negligence, insurance companies still usually do everything they can to avoid paying anything more than necessary for an accident claim. In some situations, they may argue that the accident victim was actually at fault for causing the collision and that the drunk driver is therefore not liable.
Find the Help & Support You Deserve
Insurance companies might try to minimize the value of the claim by attempting to demonstrate that the accident victim's injuries and economic damages are not as great as they actually are. If you are determined to secure compensation and to achieve justice for the wrongs you have suffered, bring the case to us at The Daspit Law Firm.
Our Houston car accident lawyers have a proven track record of success in fighting for accident victims and their families, and our team is ready to take immediate action on your claim for monetary damages.