DWIs and Drunk Driving Deaths in Texas

Automatically drawing blood to test for the presence of alcohol if the police suspect a driver is drunk and refuses to blow; but what about the victims of drunk drivers and their rights?

It all started about a year ago when a very controversial way to enforce DWIs came into being. That was to take blood samples from suspected drunk drivers who refuse to blow in Dallas, Texas. To say that this opened a whole new can of legal worms would be an understatement, and Texas attorneys are none too happy about the possible spread of this enforcement practice to other cities in the state.

Taking this blood sample is blatantly against a driver’s will and is done by an on duty judge who is able to sign and have a warrant executed for the mandatory blood test. Texas defense attorneys are adamant that this practice violates people’s constitutional rights and violates an unreasonable search and seizure of personal evidence.

Nonetheless, there is a very real issue at the core of this law enforcement practice that needs to be addressed; justice for those who have been severely hurt or killed by drunk drivers. Victim’s rights are vitally important when they have had their lives turned upside down by a drunk driver. The brutal reality of DWI is that these drivers don’t just injure or kills themselves, they hurt and kill others; innocent people who may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Where is the justice in that?

Speaking of justice, in just the last ten years alone, over 250,000 people have died in alcohol-related accidents; over 25,000 die every year, approximately 500 are killed weekly, and 71 die daily in crashes involving drunk drivers. If you do the math, this mean that one American dies every 20 minutes in an alcohol-related car crash; and one out of every two Americans is likely to be involved in an alcohol-related accident in their lifetime.

Just recently a National Geographic report revealed that impaired drivers cost taxpayers an average of $21 – $24 billion a year and that alcohol abuse costs society about $136 billion, claiming an average of 65,000 lives a year. Those are very serious statistics and they drive home a harsh reality – drunk drivers are dangerous accidents looking for a place to happen and cause untold anguish and loss in more ways than one.

Whether the drunk driver is a binge drinker or not, meaning they had at least five drinks at a time, the end results are apt to be the same deadly destruction. If you are badly injured as a result of an accident involving a drunk driver you may be entitled to compensation from that driver or his insurance company. The compensation may include emotional distress, lost income (past and future) and payment for medical bills.

Every drunk driving personal injury case is unique and how those cases are handled is determined by your personal injury attorney who has had years of experience dealing with the courts to get victims of drunk driving accidents justice.

If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver and have been injured, or you have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, speak to a highly skilled personal injury lawyer. Justice will be served and you will be able to get on with your life.

Beverly Aylmer writes for Lee, Gober & Reyna. If you need an Austin personal injury lawyer, contact an Austin auto accident injury attorney from Lee, Gober & Reyna. Visit