Accidents caused by drunk drivers occur at an alarming rate around the world. In the US, nearly one third of all auto accidents are the result of the vehicle operator driving while intoxicated. At Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P., we understand that these accidents are senseless and completely avoidable. A superior drunk driving accident attorney is determined, hard-working, and engaged in getting his clients the results they seek. This is what our attorneys strive for.
What Is Drunk Driving?
If you drive a motor vehicle while having a Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC, of 0.08 g/dL or higher, you are guilty of driving while drunk. Texas is one of a few states that have two classifications for citations involving impairment:
- DWI – Driving While Intoxicated. Those who are pulled over and found to be over the legal limit, or mentally impaired, are likely to be charged with a DWI, no matter their age.
- DUI – Driving Under the Influence. People under the age of 21 are prohibited by law from drinking alcohol, so regardless of their BAC, if they are caught drinking and driving, they can be charged with DUI.
A drunk driving accident attorney should be very familiar with these differences and can help you create an individualized plan for your matter.
Avoiding Drunk Drivers
Unfortunately, there is really no way to avoid drunk drivers. You may not be able to guarantee your safety while driving, but you can do many things to lessen your risk. Your best defense is to be vigilant in being aware of your surroundings. Drive defensively and report erratic driving immediately to authorities by calling your local emergency contact number. If you are involved in a collision with a drunk driver, contact a personal injury attorney at Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P. as soon as possible.