Drinking and Driving: A Dangerous Elixir
Unfortunately, fatalities resulting from accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers have become so predictable that many state highway patrol departments, such as Texas, now issue fatality estimates, which usually prove to be all too accurate.
During the holidays, the number of travelers on the road peaks as friends come together to celebrate and students return home from college. As a result of holiday parties and gatherings, more drivers are impaired by alcohol too. But the the holidays are now over and drunk driving is still prevalent. Although we see a spike in numbers of drunk driving over the holidays, this is a year round issue and lives have already been lost only two weeks into the new year. With the Superbowl, Valentine’s Day and a plethora of other holidays on our heels, it’s safe to say the parties where there is alcohol being served is not null and void now that new Year’s has come and gone.
According to Texas law, those hosting a party in their home are not liable for the actions of adults who consume too much alcohol on their premises. Brad Parker of Parker Law firm is a strong supporter and advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). “While it is true that in Texas there is no legal liability for social hosts unless they serve a minor, people should take care of their guests. Hosts should make sure any guest having drinks has a way home, or they should have a place for them to stay overnight. There is nothing wrong with having fun, but be responsible,” states Parker.
“By remembering to make a plan to get home safely before the festivities begin, party goers can help keep their guests safe. It’s also important to note that while saving lives should be the ultimate deterrent to drunk driving, drivers under the influence of alcohol could face up to $20,000 in fines, fees and could lose their license,” Parker states, reminding potential drunk drivers of the cost impaired driving. “If you are going to knowingly partake in a celebration whether at a party, night club or athletic event, do not drive. Take an Uber or a cab or call a friend,” Brad says. “There is never an excuse to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.”
At Parker Law Firm, they have experienced personal injury lawyers believe people matter. They have years spent both representing accident victims and participating in the state legislative process, our founder, Brad Parker, has developed a deep understanding of the law and gained unique experience that helps him get results for his clients.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by the negligence of a drunk driver, contact Parker Law Firm by filling out the form on their website or calling their office directly at (817) 508-9507.
If you or a loved one is impacted by drunk or drugged driving, call 877.MADD.HELP or visit madd.org/help.
MADD’s 24-Hour National Victim Help Line is staffed each day, each hour.