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Drunk driving often major factor in a serious car accident

The possibility of becoming involved in a serious wreck increases over time. While the overall number of drunk driving collisions is reportedly down over the past 30 years, a person has a one-in-three probability of being involved in one of these wrecks during his or her lifetime. Texas residents are just as vulnerable of being affected by a serious car accident caused by an impaired driver.

An estimated 10,265 people died from an accident caused by an impaired driver in 2015. Alcohol enters the blood stream directly through the digestive system. Once there, it accumulates in the body of the person drinking until it can be removed by the liver. Once a person imbibes a certain quantity of alcohol, his or her ability to safely operate a vehicle is negatively affected. The affects can be felt with even low BAC, as levels below the legal limit of .08 percent can lead to slower response time and loss of coordination.

At levels above the legal limit, almost every nervous and muscular system is impaired by the concentration of alcohol in the blood stream. Even one's ability to think and reason is negatively impacted, which significantly increases the likelihood of a serious accident. In spite of the laws that restrict the amount of alcohol one can consume before driving, it is estimated that one person is killed every 53 minutes by an accident related to drunk driving.

Texas has laws that include the serious consequences that come with a conviction for drunk driving.  However, in spite of the fact it can cost a driver heavy fines, jail time and the loss of driving privileges, these tragic wrecks continue to take lives daily. Families who have suffered the loss of a loved one through a senseless car accident do have the option to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the party or parties believed responsible for their pain and monetary losses.

Source: nhtsa.com, "Drunk Driving", June 9, 2017

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