Austin Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious problem. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimates that every 20 minutes, someone in the state is hurt or killed in an alcohol-related crash. In 2010, TxDOT recorded 1,184 drunk driving crashes in Austin alone. Those crashes left 481 people with serious injuries; 26 people lost their lives as a result. Across the state of Texas, 1,075 died in DUI accidents that year, 35.6% of all car accident fatalities.
A drunk driving accident is always a horrible tragedy, especially because these events are always preventable. Alcohol-related crashes leave most victims in a grievous state. Typically, the innocent people who are hurt by drunk drivers suffer from broken bones and burns, damage to their necks and backs, traumatic brain injury, and death. Drivers who choose to operate a vehicle while intoxicated must be brought to justice for their selfish actions.
Were You Injured By Someone Driving While Impaired?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2010, adults in the United States got behind the wheel while intoxicated about 112 million times. This, however, does not mean that 112 million people were arrested or caused car crashes every time. In fact, the CDC also reported that the average person arrested for a DUI had driven while under the influence about 80 times previously. This is a frightening statistic when one considers that over 1.41 million people were arrested in 2010 (FBI).
This is not a minor problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that one in every three people will become involved in an accident with a drunk driver during their lifetime. Drinking and driving is a severe problem that endangers every person on the road.
Those who choose to drink and drive often do not realize just how much of a danger they are posing. The average person will only metabolize one drink per hour; still, people will mistakenly believe that if they have two or three beers and are only slightly “buzzed,” that they are good to drive. Even more will believe the myths that drinking caffeine and exercising or even taking a cold shower will help. It won’t. The only thing that will help a person become sober is time.
Explanation of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
Blood alcohol content (BAC) refers to the amount of alcohol that you have in your system at any given time. This is often measured through DUI testing, such as breath, blood and urine tests. In the state of Texas, it is considered to be a per seoffense to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC over 0.08 percent. Not everyone, however, will reach this from the same amount of alcohol.
The amount of alcohol it takes for a person to feel impaired will depend on several factors. Things such as how many drinks you have had, the type of alcohol you are ingesting, how much you weigh and how quickly you drank will all impact your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). For example, someone who weighs 120 pounds and who drank three 12oz bottles of light beer over two hours will have an estimated BAC of 0.03 percent. If that same person, however, had been drinking Manhattans instead, it could be as high as 0.15 percent.
So what are the effects of having a 0.08 percent BAC?
- Feelings become “blunted”
- Subject feels lack of inhibition
- Reasoning becomes impaired
- Depth perception is faulty
- Difficulty with peripheral vision
If it reaches the 0.10 to 0.19 percent, reflexes, reaction time and motor control could all become significantly impaired. This will create obvious difficulties for people who are behind the wheel. For this reason, if you have recently been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, it is in your best interests to get the involvement of a lawyer you can trust. Drivers who make the decision to drive while impaired deserve to be held liable for their actions – especially if they caused an injury to another.
At the Loewy Law Firm, we strongly believe in helping our clients to fight for maximum monetary compensation when it truly matters. If you would like to schedule your initial case consultation with a member of our firm, we encourage you to pick up the phone and call us today. You can also take advantage of our online case evaluation to send us a message directly. Either way, you will be taking the first step in proactively protecting your legal rights. So what are you waiting for? Contact our Austin law firm today. We look forward to hearing from you.