What does it mean to be alcohol-impaired on Texas roads?

First, consider the law. According to Texas state statutes, legal intoxication is when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is measurable at or above 0.08% or the loss of the normal use of one’s mental or physical faculties. So, you are breaking the law with that measurement OR immediately at the point when alcohol (or drugs) negatively affects your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely—you will be considered intoxicated if you are impaired in any way, regardless of your measured BAC. DWI charges can be levied in either case.

Timing of alcohol-related crashes

Alcohol-related crashes can happen at any time. But statistics from 2019 show that about 47% of all Texas drunk driving crashes occurred on weekends. Further, the greatest number of reported drunk driving crashes occurred at night, beginning at approximately 9:00 pm, with fatal drunk driving crashes occurring most often between 2:00 am and 3:00 am.

Also, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), a person is killed or injured in a drunk driving accident every 20 minutes in Texas. The most recent data from TxDOT from 2019 shows 812 alcohol-impaired drivers who were involved in fatal crashes that resulted in 886 total deaths.

Taking legal action

Fatal drunk driving crashes are a real danger on Texas roadways, even despite public awareness campaigns about the risks and consequences that are always present when people choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Even people who take drunk driving seriously often fail to secure alternative transportation ahead of events or gatherings during which they might drink. So many drunk driving accidents are easily avoidable, just by having a designated driver, or using a rideshare service/calling a cab. But if you have been involved in a motor vehicle crash involving a drunk driver, it is important that you speak to an experienced Texas attorney.

If you or someone you know is in need of legal counsel about a DWI-related fatal vehicle accident, do not hesitate to contact Jarvis, Garcia, & Erskine Law in Austin, Texas. The trusted team at Jarvis, Garcia, & Erskine Law offers experienced representation by caring and competent criminal defense attorneys who are willing to work with you to reach the best possible outcome in your case. Visit the law firm’s website or call 512-359-3030 to speak to a member of the professional team about how they can help you with your legal needs.