According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), every day another 27 people die from accidents involving drinking and driving. Moreover, MADD estimates that nearly two-thirds of every person living in America will be involved in a drunken-driving incident at some point during their lives. Considering the severity of most drunken driving accidents, that is a very sobering thought (if you will pardon the pun). Every year, organizations such as MADD spend tens of millions of dollars informing people of the dangers of drinking and driving. Warning labels are even on alcoholic beverage containers (think beer cans)! Despite all of the efforts and money spent to prevent the calamities caused by drinking and driving, such accidents do still occur. If you are the victim of an intoxicated driver, you should call an experienced Houston car accident attorney.
Tipsy Driving is Drunk Driving
With all of the warnings and information about the dangers of drunken driving, why do people still do it? Putting aside people who simply ignore the dangers of driving while intoxicated, the most obvious cause of why driving while intoxicated is still such a problem is the reason that makes drunken driving is so dangerous in the first place – drinking impairs people’s ability to make good decisions. Someone who has consumed too much alcohol usually does not realize that they have had too much to drink. Many times people underestimate the amount of alcohol they have consumed. Maybe they are delusional and think that they can just “drive more carefully.”
Shame is another factor in drinking and driving – sometimes a person who has had too much to drink is ashamed to call or ask someone else to give them a ride. Regardless, they are putting themselves and other people on the road in grave danger.
As most people do not work at night and have the weekends off, it is not surprising that the majority of drunken driving incidents occur during the nighttime, and also that the frequency of drunk driving accidents is much higher on the weekends. In the United States, car accidents are the leading cause of death for those under the age of 54. Driving while drinking is one of the leading causes of car accidents and accounts for roughly one third of all car accident fatalities each year. So the duty to drink responsibly must be taken seriously. If you or someone you love has been injured due to the intoxication of another driver, you should contact a knowledgeable Houston car accident attorney.