Earlier this summer, a pedestrian was hit and killed on the Katy freeway west of Houston. The driver of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian was a 21-year-old woman who had been drinking and has since been charged with intoxication manslaughter. If found guilty, the driver could face up to 20 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and up to 240 hours of community service.
All of this could have been avoided and a life could have been saved if the person behind the wheel had refrained from drinking and driving. It turns out that drunk driving does increase the risk of a fatal accident.
Drunk Driving FAQ
There are many myths about drinking and driving. Some people believe they are exempt from the rules because they are better at handling their alcohol than others. This idea, however, has no bearing in reality.
The following are several FAQs about drunk driving and fatal accidents.
How Much Alcohol is Safe to Drink and Still Drive?
While the legal limit in Texas is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08, it has been shown that even drinking two beers can inhibit a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
How Common Are Fatal Car Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving?
Far more common than they should be. In 2020, there were, on average, 106 fatal car accidents every day. Of those, 32 per day involved alcohol-impaired driving. That means that almost one-third of all fatal car accidents involve alcohol.
What Are the Penalties for Driving While Intoxicated and Causing a Fatal Car Accident?
Penalties for intoxication manslaughter, as noted above, can include up to 20 years in prison and significant fines.
What Can I Do if a Loved One Has Been Killed in a Car Accident Involving a Drunk Driver?
If you have lost a loved one to a fatal car accident involving a drunk driver, there are legal steps you can take to seek justice. The first step is to secure competent legal counsel to help you consider and navigate your options.
Regardless of whether the driver of the vehicle in question has insurance, a qualified lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf or litigate your case before a judge and jury to win you the compensation you deserve. An attorney can also investigate whether other parties could bear additional liability. This includes employers and bars or other establishments that served alcohol to the driver after they were clearly intoxicated.
How Can a Personal Injury Law Firm Help after a Fatal Accident?
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers, we understand the type of loss you are facing after a fatal auto accident involving a drunk driver. For this reason, we offer a free case review so you can start the legal process at no risk to yourself. In fact, we work on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if your case is successful.