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Drunk driving, its consequences, and how to avoid them

Texas drivers are aware that alcohol can impair their hearing, vision, muscle coordination, memory and ability to make sound judgments. This is why alcohol intoxication and driving are such a fatal combination. Even with a BAC of .02, drivers can become drowsy and experience some loss of judgment. Once they reach the point of being legally drunk, which is a BAC of .08, then they can hardly detect traffic signals or dangers on the road.

The consequences of being caught while driving drunk can vary; DUI may be a misdemeanor or felony. Penalties can include the suspension of one’s license and jail time, and a driver may wind out paying some $10,000 in fines and legal fees. Some states require that first-time offenders install an ignition interlock device in their cars. This acts as a breath test and prevents drivers from starting their car if they are drunk.

In Texas, an offender may choose to have the system installed in lieu of a license suspension after 30 days. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages the wider use of ignition interlock devices because these are proven to help drivers avoid drunk driving. One tried-and-true way of avoiding it, of course, is to designate a sober driver to take people home after drinking. They may also call a taxi, Uber or Lyft.

Drunk driving is a frequent cause of motor vehicle accidents and can form the basis for a third-party insurance claim on the part of those who are injured through no fault of their own. Victims may benefit from legal assistance, especially during the negotiation stage. If negotiations do not result in a fair settlement, then the lawyer may take the case to court. Call Husain Law today for a free consultation.