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Drunk driving accidents in Texas: Statistics and remedies for victims

Car manufacturers have embraced a number of changes in recent years. Advances have been included in vehicles that can help keep cars within their own lane, can cause a vehicle to stop automatically to avoid an accident and can even warn a driver if he or she is becoming drowsy.

Unfortunately, even with these advances reducing the risk of a crash, drunk driving accidents continue to be a serious problem.

How big of a problem are drunk driving accidents? These accidents remain one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in the country. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that there were almost 10,000 people killed in drunk driving related car accidents in 2014 alone. This translates to nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the country.

More current data is available for alcohol-related accidents in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that there were 960 fatalities due to drunk driving accidents in the state in 2015.

What about victims of alcohol-related accidents in Texas? It is important to note that these numbers are more than just data. Each number represents a person - a person with family and loved ones that were impacted by the tragedy.

Those who lose a loved one in a drunk driving accident or who themselves suffer from injuries from this type of crash have options. One option is to hold the driver responsible for his or her actions through a personal injury lawsuit. Contact an experienced drunk driver accident attorney to discuss this option. If successful, it can serve to both provide the victim with an opportunity for closure while also providing compensation to help cover the costs resulting from the accident.

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