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Recourse for DWI Accident Victims

By Douglas W. Atkinson  May. 13, 2011 4:22p

Each year, thousands of people die in alcohol related crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 10,839 people died in alcohol-impaired traffic accidents in 2009. Last year alone, drunk driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic related deaths, which means, on average, one person died in an alcohol related crash every 50 minutes in the U.S. In 2009, approximately four people were killed in alcohol related crashes for every 100,000 Americans. If you have been injured in an alcohol related auto accident, contact an Conroe DWI accident attorney right away.

People have been consuming alcohol as far back as 10,000 BC. In the past, drinking while driving a chariot, or while steering a ship, or while driving a horse drawn carriage had little consequence. These days, when people drink and then drive a car, or a small boat, or a truck or motorcycle, and make a mistake such as causing an auto accident, running over a pedestrian or person on a bicycle, or driving into a tree, the results can be deadly.

Drunk Drivers are Accountable

The fact that drinking and driving is against the law and very dangerous is public knowledge, yet despite the obvious dangers, people drink and drive every day. Using the excuse that one was too intoxicated to know any better does not hold up well in court. Overconsumption is always a choice and plenty of people plan ahead before they get drunk. When drunk drivers harm or kill their passengers, other drivers, or other passengers, or anyone else unfortunate enough to be in harm's way, they are legally liable for any damages that they have caused to their victims or their families in the case of a wrongful death.

Victims of drunk driving accidents can be critically injured or even killed. For victims lucky enough to escape with their life, they can be left with catastrophic injuries while sometimes the drunk driver walks away with just a scratch. Surviving a drunk driving crash can be a very traumatic experience for the victim, where the victim is left with shouldering the burden of their injuries, physically, emotionally and financially for years to come. If you have been injured in a DWI accident, or if you have lost a family member in a DWI accident, contact an Conroe DWI accident lawyer from Douglas W. Atkinson today to protect your legal rights!

Contact an Conroe DWI accident attorney from our firm for a free initial consultation.

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