We wish our friends and neighbors in Austin, Waco and across Texas a happy holiday season that is free of accidents, injuries and legal charges caused by drunk driving.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 14, 2011
Austin car accident attorney Bob Richardson today urged Texans to think before getting behind the wheel and to avoid driving after drinking this holiday season.
“The happiest time of year can all too quickly turn tragic when holiday revelry needlessly leads to recklessness on the part of those who have had too much to drink,” said Richardson, founder of the Bob Richardson Law Firm.
“We wish our friends and neighbors in Austin, Waco and across Texas a happy holiday season that is free of accidents, injuries and legal charges caused by drunk driving.”
Richardson, whose Texas personal injury law firm has investigated thousands of drunk driving accidents as part of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits prosecuted on behalf of car accident victims, said statistics show that many traffic fatalities during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays involve alcohol.
The veteran attorney cited a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report from May 2010 that says between 1999 and 2009 nationally, 37 percent of highway fatalities that occurred over Christmas and 40 percent of fatalities over New Year’s involved alcohol-impaired driving.
An NHTSA report from August 2010 says 40 percent of the 3,071 traffic fatalities in Texas in 2009 were attributable to alcohol-impaired driving. In 2008, 38 percent of the year’s 3,476 highway fatalities in Texas were caused by alcohol-impaired driving.
“The Texas Department of Transportation says that about every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in an auto accident involving alcohol,” Richardson said. “But drunk driving can be avoided.”
Richardson offered tips from the Texas Department of Transportation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse for those who have been drinking:
- Find someone sober who can drive instead of you. Phone someone who can pick you up. A friend or loved one would surely rather you did not drive.
- Call a cab. A first-offense DWI conviction in Texas can bring a fine of up to $2,000. Cab fare is much more cost-effective.
- Spend the night where you are, if that’s possible.
- Think ahead and appoint a designated driver at the beginning of the evening.
“The sad fact is, even those who follow the rules and act in a safe manner can be hurt by those who do not,” Richardson said. “Anyone who has been injured by a drunk driver or has lost a loved one to a drunk driver is the victim of a reckless act and has legal rights that need to be protected.
“Victims of drunk driving wrecks or any kind of motor vehicle accident caused by another driver need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that their rights are upheld and, where compensation is due, they get what they are entitled.”
About The Bob Richardson Law Firm
The Bob Richardson Law Firm is a highly respected Texas personal injury and Social Security disability law firm. The firm is dedicated to providing skilled and professional 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.