At a time when the nation as a whole is seeing drunk-driving fatalities decrease, Texas is bucking that trend with more and more traffic accident deaths caused by impaired motorists.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
New traffic accident data shows that Texas is headed the wrong way when it comes to deaths caused by drunk driving — and that needs to change, according to Austin car accident lawyer Bob Richardson.
“At a time when the nation as a whole is seeing drunk-driving fatalities decrease, Texas is bucking that trend with more and more traffic accident deaths caused by impaired motorists,” said Richardson, the founder of The Bob Richardson Law Firm.
“It is time for our state, which has by far the most alcohol-related highway fatalities, to get serious about our DWI / DUI problem,” Richardson said.
Richardson referred to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), released at the end of December, which found Texas had six more drunk-driving deaths in 2010 than it did in 2009.
Drunk driving claimed the lives of 1,259 people in Texas in 2010 — the highest number in the country by a wide margin. During the same period, the country’s total drunk-driving death toll fell by 531, with 32 states and the District of Columbia experiencing improvements, according to the NHTSA report.
Texas, which sees the most traffic deaths in the nation despite having only the second largest population, also had an increase in the percentage of highway fatalities caused by alcohol impairment, the NHTSA numbers showed. Roughly 42 percent of all Texas traffic deaths involved drunk driving in 2010. That marked an increase from 40 percent the year before. Only one other state had a worse percentage.
Data for 2011 will not be available until this time next year.
“These figures set Texas apart in a bad way,” Richardson said. “What makes this death toll so tragic is that all of these alcohol-related accidents could have been prevented.”
Richardson urged state lawmakers to pay close attention to the suggestions outlined in a recent report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In its annual Report to the Nation, MADD gave Texas only three out of five stars for its efforts to curb drunk driving.
MADD urged Texas to implement sobriety checkpoints and advocated for ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Interlocks prevent motorists from starting their cars if breath analysis indicates that they are over the legal limit.
“Texas can and should be among the leaders when it comes to reducing drunk-driving deaths. As other states have shown, tougher laws can make a big difference when it comes to avoiding tragedies caused by impaired driving,” Richardson said.
He said the Texas personal injury attorneys at The Bob Richardson Law Firm remain committed to improving highway safety in Texas, as well as protecting the rights of the victims of negligent and careless drivers.
Richardson urged anyone who has suffered injuries in a Texas drunk-driving wreck to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney.
“People who carelessly drink and drive must be held accountable for the damage and suffering they cause. We are here to stand up for the victims of drunk driving,” he said.
About The Bob Richardson Law Firm
The Bob Richardson Law Firm is a Texas personal injury and Social Security disability law firm that provides legal services to clients in cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, construction accidents, workplace accidents and slip and fall accidents as well as representation to those seeking benefits for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The firm features offices in Austin and Waco and assists clients throughout Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor, Belton and surrounding Texas communities. To learn more about The Bob Richardson Law Firm, call (800) 880-5100 or use the firm’s online form.
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