As a long-time Dallas, Texas DWI attorney, I know full well how common drinking and driving is. I see victims of drunk driving accidents on a daily basis, and I’ve witnessed first-hand how devastating the results of DWIs can be.
They take away children, parents, siblings and loved ones. They cause debilitating and life-changing injuries, and they wreak havoc on the lives of everyone involved.
But if you’ve never been the victim of a drunk driving accident, known someone arrested for a DWI, or been affected by drinking and driving at all, it can be hard to truly grasp the gravity of these types of car accidents – just how common (and severe) they can truly be.
To help shed some light on the issue, I’ve gathered up some of the Lone Star State’s most eye-opening DWI and drunk driving statistics. Take a look at these, and you’ll never want a margarita again.
- More than 23 percent of all DWI driver fatalities were between the ages of 21 and 25. Eighteen percent were 26 to 30, and 12 percent were 31 to 35. That’s more than half of all DWI fatalities in the state.
- DWI crashes in rural areas of Texas caused 566 fatalities and nearly 3,500 injuries.
- The most DWI-related accidents occurred in Bexar County, Harris County and Travis County, while Armstrong County, Briscoe County, Cottle County, Hansford County and Terrell County reported no DWI crashes.
- The most fatal DWI crashes occurred in Harris County, with 152. Bexar came in second, with only 49 – a mere 30 percent of those in Harris.
- The biggest percentage of DWI car accidents in Texas occurred between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Between 2 a.m. and 2:59 a.m. was the most dangerous time of the day, with more than 3,000 DWI crashes across the year in this timeframe.
- As for days of the week, Saturday had the most DWI crashes by a long shot, with a whopping 6,035 accidents over the year. Sunday came in second with 5,610 accidents, and Friday in third, with 3,907 accidents.
- March had the most DWI-related fatalities, with 87 total.
- Texas had the most drunk driving-related fatalities in the entire nation, with a whopping 1,337 people killed on our roads.
- Drunk driving injured more than 15,000 passengers, drivers and pedestrians and caused a total of 25,479 alcohol-related car accidents.
- Just under 100,000 drivers were arrested on DWI charges, and 71,030 of those ultimately resulted in DWI convictions.
- In total, taxpayers subsidized a staggering $6.2 billion in drunk driving fatality costs.
In the past 5 years:
- More than one quarter of all minors between 12 and 20 have consumed alcohol in the past month, equaling more than 821,000. Seventeen percent of those admit to binge drinking, the most dangerous form of alcohol consumption.
It’s easy to see that DWI accidents aren’t just common – they’re downright dangerous. Every driver – no matter what age or where they live – can fall victim to one of these horrible crashes any day of the year.
To avoid this, it’s important to be diligent while driving on our roads. Avoid driving late and night and be on the lookout for cars that may be swerving or weaving. If you’re drinking outside the home, always be sure to have a designated driver or a safe ride to get home.
Sadly, no matter how cautious and careful we are, sometimes DWI car accidents still happen. If you or someone you love falls victim to one, be sure to call the Dallas DWI car accident lawyers at Franklin Law Firm. We will help you get the compensation and justice you rightfully deserve.