Drunk Driving Accidents and Deaths Very High on 4th
Houston and Galveston police are setting up DUI checkpoints up and down the I-45 corridor and along major roads such as 61st Street. This will help remove drunk drivers, prevent DUIs and get people home safely, however it does not always work.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT), the car accident rate spiked during the 4th of July in 2017 (2018 statistics are not currently available). This rate is unfortunately typical during the 4th of July. The DUI and car accident rate is sometimes double or triple the rate of weekends before and after. 4th of July fireworks and Galveston’s Pleasure Pier bring out celebration and alcohol, which can create a dangerous road environment.
Pedestrian Accidents Often Go Up on July 4th
We often hear about roadway DWI/DUI issues, but pedestrians get hurt too. Drivers under-the-influence frequently hit people crossing the street, and we even hear about drivers jumping the curb and injuring people on sidewalks.
The rate of pedestrian injuries also spikes during the 4th of July. If you decide to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks around the Galveston Boardwalk or in downtown Houston, please look both ways before crossing the street. It might save your life.
How to Avoid a DUI/DWI
We’d love to give you an answer that would lead to you instantly sobering up, but the truth of it is that there is no such solution. The best way to avoid a DUI is to get a cab/ride-share like Uber or Lift, or find a bed and sleep it off. It might cost you a bit of money now, but it will cost you MUCH less than jail-time and civil suits. We have seen DUI/DWI defense cost six figures. This can be due to:
- Compensation of Victims: If you were under the influence and hurt someone, you will likely face a civil suit for lost wages, medical bills, and worse.
- Fines: The State of Texas can fine you up to $10,000 for Drunk Driving. This fine does not include possible jail time, community service, etc.
- Legal Fees: DUI/DWI defense attorneys can cost a lot just to help lessen criminal charges. Civil suits are a different matter that also typically require attorney services.
Galveston DUI/DWI Car Crash Attorneys
If you need a Galveston DUI/DWI Attorney, contact Tylka Law Firm anytime during the 4th of July weekend. Tylka Law attorneys will protect you during a tough time, and get you money and claims for auto damages and medical problems. If you need assistance right away, give us a call at (281) 557-1500 anytime day or night.