People who drink and drive pose a threat to themselves, their passengers and anyone sharing the roadways with them. Even though every state in the United States along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have strict laws regarding driving under the influence, people still continue to engage in reckless behavior. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a study in 2016 showing that there is one DUI fatality in the United States every 50 minutes, many of which are caused by drunk driving accidents in Houston.
Why People Drive While Under the Influence
Some of the reasons people make the decision to drive while under the influence are astounding. According to studies done on the topic, 40% of study participants say they allow their friends to drive while they’re impaired because they've done it previously. Out of all of the participants involved in the study, 7 % of women and 20% of the men said they would allow their friends to drive will under the influence to prevent an argument.
Perhaps one of the most baffling statistics released from the study comes from millennials and their views on driving while impaired. Greater than one out of every 10 millennials believe they could consume more alcohol than the law defines as the legal limit and still operate a motor vehicle.
You Need Compensation for Your Injuries
When you have been injured by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, why they chose to get behind the wheel of a car and take to the roadways has absolutely nothing to do with you. Even with that being the case, in many DUI situations, the defendant's attorney will offer all sorts of excuses as to why their client should not be held responsible for the devastation they’ve caused. Anyone injured due to the irresponsibility and irrational decisions made by another person deserves a fair and just settlement. This is why we encourage people injured in these types of accidents to seek the services of a skilled personal injury attorney. If you are in the Houston area, we highly recommend the law services of Johnson Garcia.
What to do Immediately After an Accident
Depending on the types of injuries you sustained during your accident with someone driving under the influence, you may or may not be in a position to gather the information you need to present to an attorney. You will need to secure the services of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible because insurance companies have strict deadlines that must be met. In addition, DUI cases are handled differently because there are criminal charges involved.