Drunk driving and car accidents that result from it are on the rise in Corpus Christi. In fact, since 2009 there has been a steady increase in DWI arrests according to Corpus Christi Police Department Statistics. In 2009 for instance, 784 people were arrested for suspicion of DWI. Seven years later in 2016, the department reported 1,428 arrests, along with eleven deaths due to drunk driving. Corpus Christi police officers routinely check popular bars and night spots when closing time approaches, and often wait to pursue multiple, heavily intoxicated bar patrons about to get onto Corpus Christi roads. If you have been in a car accident with an intoxicated driver, make sure to take ample precautions to guarantee your rights are protected. Make sure to call the police immediately, and do not try to confront the intoxicated driver. Instead, look for these signals to determine if the person who hit you is intoxicated: glazed eyes, smell of alcohol or other intoxicant, slurred speech, and an inability pay attention are all tell-tell signs of intoxication.
Drunk Driving Accidents Cause Serious Injuries
Drunk drivers who are under the influence are not as alert, which often leads to violent car accidents. A car crash with two alert parties who attempt to avoid the car accident is one thing, but when where is an intoxicated driver in the mix, the injuries can be severe because the impact of the vehicles from the crash is amplified.
Below is a list of common injuries that are suffered after a car accident with a drunk driver:
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Lacerations, cuts, and road rash
The push in Corpus Christi to reduce drinking and driving
Corpus Christi has always had a problem with drinking and driving. Recently, Corpus Christi and its law enforcement departments have put an added emphasis on curbing drinking and driving in the city and reducing the amount of injuries that result from car accidents involving drunk drivers. Check out Corpus Christi Police Departments public service announcement about drinking and driving included below.
You or a loved one injured in a car accident by a drunk driver?
If you or a loved on have been injured by a drunk driver after a car accident in Corpus Christi, call The Patel Firm PLLC today. We fight for the justice injured people deserve after a devastating injury. Don’t walk to the road alone. Don’t be taken advantage of by the money hungry insurance company willing to insure a drunk. Call us immediately for an obligation free, no charge legal consultation.