Driving while intoxicated is illegal, but that doesn’t stop many Texas drivers from assuming they aren’t too intoxicated to get behind the wheel. With years of experience representing clients who’ve been arrested and charged with a DWI, we understand it’s not always bad people getting behind the wheel. Driving intoxicated lowers inhibitions and causes many people to make poor choices. You might not feel intoxicated because your tolerance level is high, but the legal limit is the legal limit. The law is in place to protect those on the road by preventing DWI accidents from occurring.
If your blood alcohol level is higher than 0.08%, you are intoxicated and will go to jail after being arrested. Your chances of causing an accident when driving intoxicated increase significantly, and everyone on the road is in danger when you make the decision to drive while intoxicated. The Texas DOT statistics state 38% of all fatal accidents in the past year were caused by a driver under the influence. The DOT goes on to say 40% off all Texas car accident injuries are a result of a DWI accident.
Causing an accident while driving intoxicated means you could spend time in jail, you could pay a hefty fine, and you could lose your license. If the victim of your accident is injured or killed, they or their family can sue you for damages as well as wrongful death. This could cause significant financial problems in your life, and your record will forever show you were the cause of an accident. Insurance rates go up, and many find their insurer is unwilling to keep them following a DWI accident. If someone is killed in this accident, you will be charged with a felony.