As Texas readers prepare to celebrate New Year's Eve, it can be important to remember that drunk driving is especially prevalent on this night. Because of the number of people out and attending parties, it is much more likely that you will be sharing the road with someone intoxicated. This can be a particularly dangerous night on the road for motorists.
If you will be driving on New Year's Eve, it may be helpful to start considering how you can protect yourself in the event of an accident caused by a drunk driver. No matter what night it is, drivers are always responsible for the choices they make that cause harm to others. If a person has been drinking, that individual is liable for damages and any harm they cause to others.
Ringing in the New Year in Texas
Advocates against drunk driving are reminding Texas drivers that one of the most important steps a person can take to prevent accidents and stay safe is to plan ahead. A driver should plan on finding a ride home, taking a taxi or calling for a ride-share service if he or she will be drinking on Dec. 31.
Drunk driving awareness may be especially important because statistics indicate that Texas is number seven in the top 10 states for drunk driving deaths. As you consider the danger of intoxicated driving and motorist safety, the following facts may be helpful:
- Ride-share services can help drunk individuals get home safely, and people hope these companies can play a role in decreasing the number of fatalities this New Year's Eve.
- Often, innocent motorists face serious injury or death in accidents involving an intoxicated driver.
- Drunk driving in Texas is not only dangerous, but it is expensive as well. Repeat offenders can face fines that amount to several thousand dollars.
Texas laws on drunk driving are strict, but this often does not deter intoxicated individuals from getting behind the wheel. This is particularly prevalent on New Year's Eve.
What happens if you are in an accident?
If you are hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have options. It is possible to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions by seeking compensation through a personal injury claim. The aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be complex, but with the right guidance, you can get what you need for a full and fair recovery.