Category: Drunk Driving Accidents

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2015 Texas motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Texas Department of Transportation released their annual motor vehicle traffic crash statistics for 2015. We put a few of the statistics into an infographic below!

2015 Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

Traffic Crash Statistics 2015 Mukerji Law Firm

You can see the full list of crash statistics by clicking the sources listed at the bottom of this post.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact us immediately by calling 713-222-1222 and one of our attorneys will speak to you immediately.

 

Sources:

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/01.pdf

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/a.pdf

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A banner hangs over NRG Stadium in preparation of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NCAA Final Four Weekend, Drunk Driving, and Being Safe

Drunk driving accidents have been on the rise in the city of Houston. KHOU stated in a recent news article, the number of drunk driving accidents in Harris County has increased dramatically in the past week. In the last seven days, there have been five motor vehicle fatalities where a drunk driver was involved. With the NCAA Final Four coming to Houston this weekend, it’s not crazy to expect the number of drunk driving related incidents to increase.

Alcohol Consumption Increase During Sporting Events

A study published in 2011 by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER) found that 40% of attendees at sporting events had a blood alcohol content (BAC) ranging from 0.005 to 0.217. People who tailgated before the game have 14 times the odds of having a BAC greater than 0.08 and separately those who were under the age of 35 had eight times the odds of being over the legal limit. Adversely people who attended Monday night football games were more likely to have BACs below 0.08.

Drunk Driving and Super Bowl Sunday

In 2013, the LA Times stated “Alcohol-related car crashes are 75% greater” during Super Bowl Sunday. This not only includes attendees, but related events like viewing parties at home or at bars, pregame parties, tailgating, and after parties. Between 2002-2011, there were 642 alcohol-related fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday.

How to be Safe this NCAA Final Four Weekend

Large sporting events naturally lead to an increase of alcohol consumption. The NCAA Final Four is in town this weekend and the parties have already begun. While no alcohol will be sold at the actual event due to the  NCAA’s strict alcohol policy, this does not extend to private businesses like bars and restaurants that will be showing the games and having viewing parties. If you are attending these events, there are ways to have a good time and still be safe.

Designate a Sober Driver

Everyone at one point has been the Designated Driver. If you are the “DD” be responsible and politely turn down any drinks that may come your way. Your friends are counting on you to get them home safely.

Pay For a Ride

Living in Houston means you have a number of options to pay for a ride home. Uber, Lyft, and Cab services are always waiting to pick you up.  At Mukerji Law Firm we are a huge fan of Uber. We use them to get clients to and from the office all the time. If you’ve never used Uber before, use the code: mukerjilue to get $20 off your first ride this NCAA Final Four Weekend.

Use Public Transportation

If you live inside the loop, public transportation like the Houston Metro Rail is a great option. Besides being safe, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or paying for parking. Your car stays safely at home and you don’t have to worry about someone accidently damaging your car because of the increase in traffic.

Stay Where You Are

If you’re at a friend or family member’s house for a viewing party you can ask beforehand if it’s alright for you to stay the night. If spending the night is not an option one of the many alternatives above are still on the table.

We want you to be safe this weekend and have a good time at the NCAA Final Four Tournament. We want to congratulate all four teams and their fans who have made it this far and we are excited to see who wins on to the NCAA Championship.

If you are in an accident this weekend caused by a drunk driver, please contact us immediately by calling 713-222-1222 and one of our attorneys will speak to you immediately.

Drunk Driving Stats You Should Be Aware of This 4th of July Weekend

Drunk Driving Stats You Should Be Aware of This 4th of July Weekend

There are approximately 26,298 serious or fatal vehicle accidents in Texas every year caused by drunk drivers, and this equates to three accidents every hour. Those who decide to operate a vehicle while intoxicated not only place themselves in danger, but also every person they’re sharing the road with.

Facts about Drunk Driving

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility gathers dozens of facts about alcohol consumption every year so that trends can be observed. A few of the facts relating to drunk driving in the state of Texas:

  • The number of people killed in drunk driving accidents was 1,296
  • There are five fatalities due to drunk driving for every 100,000 people
  • 2.1 of all fatal accidents involved individuals under the age of 21
  • 71.9% of fatal crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol content over .15
  • Over 50% of fatal crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol content over .15 were repeat offenders

The good news is that the number of fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers has decreased by 26.2 per 100,000 people over the past 10 years.

DWI Fine Amounts

The US has some of the strictest laws when it comes to drunk driving, and Texas laws meet or exceed what is already in place at the federal level. This desire to cut down on the number of drunk drivers has led to punishments that become more severe as the number of offenses rise.

  • First Offense – Drivers face fines up to $2,000, the loss of their driving privileges for a year, and up to 180 days in jail
  • Second Offense – Drivers face fines up to $4,000, loss of their driver’s license for up to two years and up to a year in jail
  • Third Offense – Drivers face fines up to $10,000, another two year loss of driving privileges and 2-10 years in a state prison

Severe Penalties for Driving Drunk

The circumstances that surround the drunk driving case also have the potential to make the judgments more severe. Of these, none often receives more strict punishment than when a drunk driver has a child in their vehicle, as this often brings a coinciding charge of child endangerment. Even if this is the driver’s first offense it can result in fines of $10,000, suspension of the driver’s license for 180 days, and up to two years in a state prison.

Get Justice for DWI Accidents

Let’s face it. There are a lot of people who drink and drive. As a result, many innocent people are injured or killed due to foolish mistakes. Those affected by drunk driving accidents are entitled to justice. Schedule your free case review today by calling 713.766.5400.

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What to Do After a Car Accident

Have you been recently been involved in a car accident? Auto accidents happen unexpectedly and they have the ability to turn your life upside down in the blink of an eye. If this is your first major car accident, then you are probably wondering what your next step should be. Here at Mukerji Law Firm we want to help you get your life back on track as quickly as possible. We are also determined to help restore your peace of mind and calm your fears regarding the accident. Here at the firm we have handled countless car accident cases and we can help walk you through the injury claim process. Aside from helping clients in seeking compensation, we also want to inform other drivers on what to do after getting into a car accident. Here is a list of helpful tips from our Houston car accident lawyer.

  1. Be Prepared- An accident can occur at any time. It is always smart to have pen and paper somewhere in your vehicle that way you can take down information from the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Some people even keep emergency traffic cones or warning triangles in their car in case the accident occurs in a heavy traffic area.
  2. Pull Over (Out of the way of traffic if possible)- Immediately following an accident you should always try to get the vehicles out of the way of traffic so that you and the other drivers are safe.
  3. Take Deep Breaths and see if anyone is Injured- If you believe that anyone is injured try to stay call and call for an ambulance. You should also alert the police, no matter how minor the car accident was.
  4. Call the Police- This is important because then you may be able to utilize the police report as evidence in your case.
  5. Exchange Information- Be sure to take a look at the other driver(s) driver’s license and also take down their insurance information.
  6. Preserve the Evidence- Take out your camera or camera phone and take pictures of the scene of the accident. You should take pictures of the vehicle damage and other surrounding property damage. If you see skid marks on the ground you should document those as well because that could prove that one person was speeding and had to slam on the breaks.
  7. Document Your Injuries and Your Side of the Story- Fully assess the extent of your injuries and take pictures, because once it heals you won’t have any evidence. You should also write down your account of the accident while it is fresh in your mind.
  8. Refrain from Making Angry Remarks or Casting Blame- If the other driver was at fault, don’t start out by throwing out blame. You should try leaving emotion out of it and only stating the facts. Try to be polite.
  9. Don’t Admit Fault- Again only talk about the facts. If you believe that you may have been at fault for the accident, don’t share that information with anyone.
  10. Gather Witness Information- If you believe that anyone else saw the accident occur, ask them for their full testimony and have them write it down. This could be very helpful in proving your case if it comes down to the other drivers’ word against yours.
  11. Notify Your Insurance Company and Contact an Attorney- The only people you should really talk to about the accident are the police, your insurance agent and your attorney. No one else needs to know the details of the case.
  12. Don’t Sign Any Legal Documents- The only paperwork or legal documents that you should sign will be for the police or your own insurance company. If the other driver or their insurance company tries to get you to sign something, you should always refuse.
  13. Don’t Make Any Formal Statements- If the other driver’s insurance company calls and asks you to make a formal statement regarding your recollection of the accident, you should definitely say no. They do this in hopes that they can somehow use it against you or find a way to deny your claim and refuse compensation.
  14. Try to Be the Last One to Leave the Scene of the Accident- If you can help it, stay at the scene of the accident until after the other driver(s) and police have left.

Contact a Houston car accident attorney from Mukerji Law Firm today if you have been injured in any type of auto accident.

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Drunk Driver Who Caused Fatal Accident Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison

Drunk Driver Who Caused Fatal Accident Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison

When drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated, the outcome can be deadly. This was the case in a recent case that stemmed from a drunk driving accident that took the lives of two people and seriously injured a third person in June 2012 in Montgomery County, Texas. On Aug. 2, the 24-year-old woman who was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault was sentenced in to 38 years in prison, according to an article in The Courier. The driver had been found to be driving with a blood alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit.

The woman was initially fighting her charges in trial, but after three days of testimony being presented to the jury, she pleaded guilty to her charges. According to reporting from The Courier and Fox 26, the woman was caught on surveillance camera consuming 17 shots and four beers at a bar in Montgomery County over a period of five hours before getting in her F-150 pickup truck and driving the wrong way on Interstate 45. Her truck then crashed head-on into a car that was carrying three people.

As a result of the crash, the car’s 19-year-old driver and its 18-year-old passenger died at the scene of the accident. The other passenger, who is in his early 20s, survived but suffered from serious injuries that required multiple surgeries. Because of the drunk driving accident, the survivor suffered from brain trauma, a fractured spine and severe survivor’s guilt. Furthermore, some of his teeth were knocked out and bone was ripped out from his upper mouth.

According to the news stories, the driver was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.30, which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.08. Furthermore, a glass drug pipe was found in her truck and it was later discovered that she had marijuana in her system at the time of the deadly car accident.

In addition to the intoxicated driver receiving a prison sentence, the Montgomery County bar where the drinks were consumed was also held accountable. The bar has been ordered to pay a $1 million settlement to the surviving accident victim and to the family members of the two deceased victims, according to Fox 26.

One person’s poor decision can end up drastically altering the lives of many other individuals. Sadly, there are many people who end up suffering life-changing injuries or the loss of loved ones because the negligence of others, whether through drunk driving accidents or other types of accidents. At Mukerji Law Firm, we represent individuals who suffer losses from all types of accidents. Our Houston personal injury lawyers help these individuals file personal injury claims and lawsuits so they can recover the highest level of compensation for their accidents. Contact us so we can help you with your case!

*Image courtesy of yourhoustonnews.com

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