When it comes to ranking states in the U.S, Texas proudly tops the charts with some impressive firsts. We are the largest state by area in the continental U.S., the largest producer of oil, and Forbes magazine ranked us number one in the entire country for economic growth. These are some great accomplishments we Texans can be proud of!
Unfortunately, not all of our first-place awards are as impressive, or encouraging. Year after year, Texas sits at the top of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s list for drunk driving fatalities. This includes heartbreaking cases like the DUI driver who killed a mother of six.
While we can feel proud of our more positive accomplishments, we also have a lot of work to do here in Texas when it comes to drunk driving.
Understanding Drunk Driving
In the state of Texas, a driver is considered intoxicated if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, as determined by a field sobriety test or a blood test. Regardless of BAC, a driver may be charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) if they show any signs of impairment, such as reckless driving, and have any level of alcohol in their system. Evidence of drug use, whether a legal medicine or a street drug, can also lead to a DWI charge in Texas.
Determining that the driver who caused a crash was impaired can be critical to helping an injured victim get the compensation and medical care they deserve. Identifying an impaired driver solidifies fault, and will help secure a full financial settlement for the parties affected.
Signs a Driver May Be Intoxicated
While you might think of difficulty walking and/or slurred speech when you think of a drunk driver, the signs of impairment may be much subtler. Because alcohol and drugs affect motor skills and reaction times, an impaired driver may exhibit any of the following driving behaviors, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
● Quick acceleration or deceleration
● Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
● Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
● Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
● Stopping without cause or erratic braking
● Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
● Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
● Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
● Straddling the center lane marker
● Driving with headlights off at night
● Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
● Turning abruptly or illegally
● Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road
If you noticed any of these signs with the driver who caused your crash, it is vital that you find an attorney to represent you who has experience protecting the rights of victims of impaired drivers.
At the Button Law Firm, We Are Committed to Protecting Victims of Drunk Drivers
We are passionate about getting impaired drivers off the roads. It is our goal to make Texas safer for everyone. If you suspect that the driver who caused your or your loved ones' injuries or wrongful death was impaired, call us today at 214-699-4409 for a free consultation.
You can also fill out our Contact Us form and one of our team members will get in touch with you. We are here to help, and we will do whatever we can to hold the drunk driver responsible and get you on the road to recovery.