HOUSTON DRINKING AND DRIVING ACCIDENTS
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.
WHO IS AT RISK?
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.