Every year millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents - many very seriously. In fact, statistics show that in 2009 alcohol-related traffic deaths accounted for a nearly third of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes in Texas. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 956 people died in motor vehicle accidents in which a driver was under the influence of alcohol.
The risk of involvement in a highway or city street driving accident is compounded by intoxicated drivers. Unfortunately, the risk of death from drunk drivers is not contained to the drunk driver, but spreads to passengers in other vehicles hit by the drunk driver and even pedestrians in towns and cities.
The person driving while intoxicated can be unhurt by the accident while the innocent people accidentally involved often suffer serious injuries or die. Each year more than 5,000 kids aged 16 to 20 die in car accidents. Three age groups are at a higher risk of dying in both alcohol related and non-alcohol related traffic accidents: teenagers, aged 16-20, children, aged 1 to 15 and senior adults over 65.
Alcohol is not the only reason for high automobile accident death rates among teenagers. Motor vehicle crashes kill more teenagers than any other reason and teenagers are the less likely age group to wear seatbelts in an automobile.
Some of the busiest streets in the nation can be found in Houston and driving can be treacherous for new drivers and those with slower reflexes, like older drivers. Houston TranStar provides maps of roadside construction sites and minute-by-minute traffic video information about Houston's most-congested freeways to help drivers avoid frustration and better routes to their destinations.
Some current influences that do cause Houston traffic accidents, other than drunk drivers, include teen drivers not paying attention to traffic or road signs and drivers of all ages using cell phones and/or texting while driving. Houston drivers are prohibited from using cell phones in school zones, but nowhere else.
Many Houston accidents and very severe injuries or deaths are entirely preventable with some common sense and awareness. The accidental loss of life to traffic accidents, regardless of age, is growing problem everywhere and not related strictly to Houston. Drunken driving is still the leading reason.
The Ardoin Law Firm deals with all types of accidents, including but not limited to drinking & driving.