If you consider the harmful impact on others, and the damage you could inflict on yourself and your future, you’ll think twice about getting behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking at a spring break party or club.
Houston, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) March 12, 2011
As college students flock to South Padre Island and other South Texas coastal areas for their spring break, they need to be safe and responsible when it comes to driving, a Houston personal injury lawyer said today.
“Every year, college kids come to our spring break hot spots and go to parties at beaches and clubs, but if they drink and drive, they’re going to end up in a courtroom, facing DUI charges or a civil lawsuit if they cause an accident, injury or death,” said Brad T. Wyly, founder of the Wyly Law Firm, P.C., which represents drunk-driving accident victims throughout the Houston area.
“I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but I think it’s important for college students to realize that those are the serious, tragic consequences of drinking and driving,” Wyly said. “With a reasonable amount of caution, however, those consequences can be avoided.”
Spring break generally occurs during the period from late February through the middle of March, drawing thousands of college students from Texas and throughout the country to the beaches of South Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Galveston and other Gulf Coast areas.
In an effort to curb drunk driving by spring break revelers, the Texas Highway Patrol announced this week that it would be stepping up enforcement in “high-risk locations” during times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent, such as the late evening and early morning hours.
During the Highway Patrol’s last heavy-enforcement period – December 21 to January 1 – troopers arrested more than 1,100 drivers across the state for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
“If you are arrested and convicted for DWI, it can cost you your license and heavy fines, and you could face much more serious consequences if you cause an accident,” Wyly said. “In addition to going to jail, there’s also the possibility of being held liable if you cause the injury or death of a passenger, motorist, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian.”
“As a personal injury attorney that has helped numerous car and motorcycle accident victims and their families, I’ve seen no other act more reckless than drunk driving.”
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 27,108 alcohol-related crashes in the state in 2009 that caused 955 deaths and 17,542 injuries.
“If you consider the harmful impact on others, and the damage you could inflict on yourself and your future, you’ll think twice about getting behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking at a spring break party or club,” Wyly said.
Instead of driving after consuming alcohol, Wyly suggests planning ahead to have a sober driver, calling a taxi, using public transportation or calling a friend or family member to help find a way back. Several cities cater to the spring break crowd by offering free vans, buses and other transportation, he pointed out.
“I want students to enjoy their break and enjoy our coast,” Wyly said. “But my ultimate concern lies with those innocent people who are hurt by drunk driving through no fault of their own and who deserve our greatest sympathy, protection and consideration.”
About Wyly Law Firm, P.C.
The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., handles car accident cases in Houston, Harris County and the surrounding communities, including Baytown, Pasadena, Galveston, Beaumont, Bellaire, Cloverleaf, Spring Valley, Missouri City, Aldine and Jersey City. In addition to representing the victims of auto accidents involving drunk driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, speeding and other factors, the firm assists clients in aviation, bicycle, boating, motorcycle, public transportation, school bus and trucking accidents.
Attorney Brad T. Wyly, the firm’s founder, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer with extensive experience in personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He was named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine in 2005 and 2006. To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call (713) 574-7034 or use the firm’s online form.
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