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Drunk Driving Facts

By Feb 5, 2019 Posted in Legal Issues

  Drunk Driving Facts Driving drunk impairs the driver’s judgment, vision, and reaction time.  The statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) tell the story of just how dangerous drunk driving is: Nearly 30 per cent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk driving. In 2017, drunk driving took  the lives of 10,874 Americans—one death  every 49 minutes.  And one of us is injured as a result of drunk driving every 2 minutes. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812630 What do we know about drunk drivers?  On average, a driver drives drunk 80 times before before their first arrest for drunk driving. https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-driving-under-influence Statistics show that between 50% to 75% of drivers whose licenses have been suspended for drunk driving continue to drive on a suspended license. https://www.madd.org/statistics/  Texas law—legal remedies for victims of drunk driving  A driver who drives while intoxicated and causes an injury is liable for negligence.  In addition, the driver may be liable for gross negligence and exemplary damages. Under Texas law, gross negligence requires a showing that the driver’s conduct, when viewed objectively from the standpoint of the driver, involved an extreme degree of risk, considering the probability and magnitude of the potential harm to others and that the driver had actual, subjective awareness of the risk involved, but nevertheless proceed in conscious indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others on the road. Transp. Ins. Co. v. Moriel, 879 S.W.2d 10, 23 (Tex. 1994).   Montgomery County leads Texas in driving under the influence fatalities […]

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