According to recently released data from the Texas Department of Transportation, the state of Texas—which had the highest number of drunken driving fatalities in 2011 nationwide, reaching a total of 1,213 deaths—has reportedly experienced an increase in drunken driving deaths over the last couple of years. The most recent numbers show that fatalities reached a total of 1,296 in 2012 and 1,322 in 2013.
One interesting fact the Texas DOT report shows is that 61 percent of fatal crashes involving alcohol occur over the weekend, somewhere between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. In terms of the age group most at risk, those age 40 and above are especially highlighted. Almost half of motor vehicle fatalities involving alcohol involve those in this age group.
Drunken driving is obviously a serious problem, and one that law enforcement agencies are completely justified in cracking down on. Drivers who choose to take risks and put other motorists at risk as well deserve to have the full punishment available in the criminal justice system. When it comes to compensating victims of such accidents, and their surviving family, it is important for victims to understand their rights in terms of civil litigation.
Filing a well-prepared lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death can result in a damages award that can help to compensate victims and achieve closure. In some cases, settlement may be the best means of resolving the litigation. Whatever the case may be, it is important to pursue such litigation with the assistance of an experienced attorney. This will ensure the best possible outcome in the case.
Source: Kvue.com, “Early numbers show DWI fatalities are up in Texas,” Kris Betts, April 11, 2014.
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