Next week is Thanksgiving and the unofficial beginning of the holiday season.
During this time of year – as with most holidays – American
roadways see a sharp increase in the number of alcohol-related accidents,
injuries, and deaths. Knowing that DWI enforcement will become a top priority
for law enforcement agencies across the state, officials from the Texas
Department of Transportation recently convened for a summit to look for
ways to prevent and stop impaired driving in the coming months.
The TxDOT 'Texas Impaired Driving Summit' was held in San Antonio
at the beginning of November as a way to unite Texan legislators, politicians,
and law enforcement officials. The summit also featured stories from real
victims and families who have been deeply affected by drunk and drugged
driving. The summit will also help to coordinate multi-jurisdiction efforts
for periods of increased DWI enforcement this holiday season.
Drunk Driving: A Serious Texas Problem
Although drunk driving is considered a national epidemic responsible for
thousands of preventable injuries and deaths each year, it is also an
incredibly prevalent problem in the Lone Star state. In fact, statistics
from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal
just how alarming the problem really is:
- Texas led the nation in 2012 with 1,296 alcohol-impaired traffic deaths
- 16,882 alcohol-related crash injuries
- 25,671 reported alcohol-related crashes
At the Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C., our San Antonio
personal injury lawyers have represented many victims and families whose lives were forever
changed as a result of
auto accidents, including those caused by drunk drivers. As driving under the influence
of alcohol or drugs is a careless, negligent, and illegal act, it is often
the case that victims and families have the right to pursue compensation
by filing personal injury claims.
If you have questions about your rights after a drunk or drugged driving
accident, our legal team is here to help. Request a free consultation
and case review today by
contacting our firm.