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Fatalities largely caused by impaired drivers

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Driving while intoxicated is a leading factor contributing to fatal collisions in Texas, according to the National Highway Trafic Safety Administration. A DPS spokesman, Tom Vinger, says that the DPS writes more tickets and arrest more drunk drivers during holiday weekends.

Impaired driving is a contributing factor in nearly half of all Texas fatal traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2006, Texas had 1,354 fatalities related to a driver having a blood-alcohol level over 0.08 – the legal limit for intoxication.

Drivers should not rely on their judgment even after one drink, Vinger said. If people can’t take a cab or assign a designated driver, then it’s better not to drink at all.

In Texas, a drunk, causing an accident in which there are injuries or death, may not be the only one liable for the injuries or losses suffered. Texas has a law that could make the bar, where the person drank, liable for the injuries that a drunk causes while intoxicated. If you have been injured by a drunk driver you should talk to an attorney, like the ones at Cole, Cole and Easley who specialize in personal injury.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.