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Texas drunk driving accidents climb

There is growing concern for the rising rate of DUI accidents and fatalities in Texas. Already ranking high among statistics for drunk driving accidents, the state has recently drawn the attention of Mothers Against Drunk Driving because of a spike in DUI fatalities. MADD is working closely with county law enforcement agencies to ascertain why the numbers are so high and what can be done to reduce them.

In one recent evening, a particular county police department in Texas reported an average of nearly one DUI arrest every hour. The previous year, that same county saw 71 people die on the roads as victims of drunk drivers, more DUI fatalities than any other county in the state. With holidays like St. Patrick's Day and spring break, police expect an increase in drinking and driving, and they typically increase patrols for that reason.

Spokespeople for MADD theorize that DUI arrests and fatalities are higher in counties where public transportation is less developed. Areas where communities are sprawling typically limit the ability for people to walk or take public transportation after they have been drinking. They may feel they have no choice but to drive home, and that choice sometimes ends in tragedy.

Too often families in Texas grieve for loved ones who are victims of drunk driving accidents. Lives are lost, and many suffer with injuries for the rest of their lives. Families facing the unexpected cost of a funeral or the medical bills resulting from a catastrophic injury have every right to seek recompense. An experienced personal injury attorney has the resources to assist them as they pursue potential compensation through a civil claim.

Source: ksat.com, "Recent drunk-driving fatalities a concern for MADD", Stephanie Serna, March 15, 2017

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