Texas Lawyer Says State Has Made Gains in Highway Safety but Needs More Action to Stop Drunk Driving Accidents

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Texas personal injury lawyer Jack Zinda of Heselmeyer Zinda, PLLC, says the latest NHTSA statistics show that drunk driving still remains a serious problem on the state’s highways.

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It’s clear that progress has been made, but these numbers show that there are still too many people killed by drunk drivers in wrecks and crashes in the state of Texas.

The latest automobile accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bring mixed news, Texas personal injury lawyer Jack Zinda says.

The good news: The total number of traffic fatalities in Texas dropped by 12 percent in 2009, including a 5.7 percent decline in alcohol-impaired driving deaths. The bad news: Texas still has one of the highest drunk-driving fatality rates in the country.

“It’s clear that progress has been made, but these numbers show that there are still too many people killed by drunk drivers in wrecks and crashes in the state of Texas,” says Zinda, a founding partner of the law firm of Heselmeyer Zinda, PLLC, which represents car accident victims from its offices in Plano, Austin and Round Rock. “We need more action to cut down on drunk-driving accidents, injuries and deaths.”

According to the NHTSA statistics, released in late August, 33,808 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2009, which marks the lowest number of traffic deaths since 1950.

Fatalities declined among all categories of vehicle occupants and non-occupants, including a sharp 26 percent decline in deaths among large truck occupants and a steep 16 percent drop in motorcycle accident fatalities.

In Texas, there were 3,071 total traffic fatalities, which is 405 fewer deaths than in 2008.

However, there were 1,235 people who died in drunk-driving accidents in the state – the highest number in the nation.

Drunk driving accounted for 40 percent of the total motor vehicle deaths in Texas. Only four other states had a higher percentage of alcohol-impaired driving deaths.

“I commend our state’s law enforcement and transportation officials for spreading public campaigns that are aimed at discouraging drinking and driving,” Zinda says, “but it’s clear that more resources and better efforts need to be dedicated to putting a stop to drunk drivers.

“Our automobile accident lawyers have represented individuals and families throughout Central Texas in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. We’ve seen how their lives can be turned upside down by a drunk driver, and we know how serious of problem this is. We’d encourage any tougher laws or enhanced efforts to curb drunk driving in our state.”

About Heselmeyer Zinda, PLLC

The personal injury attorneys of Heselmeyer Zinda, PLLC, represent victims of drunk driving accidents and all types of motor vehicle accidents, including truck, car and motorcycle. The firm’s Texas personal injury attorneys handle dram shop liability as well as uninsured motorist claims. Additionally, the firm focuses on representing victims of animal and dog bites, brain injuries, work injuries, defective products, slip and falls, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, sexual abuse and industrial accidents. The firm’s practice areas include business litigation and family. For more information or a free case evaluation, call 1.800.863.5312 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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