Car accidents have many possible causes. A major cause of car accidents is distracted driving, which includes drunk driving or driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. Drunk driving is subject to stringent regulations in Texas, just like in other states. In most states, the permitted blood alcohol level is 0.08 percent.
Recently, a 30-year-old mother was arrested on drunk driving charges. The woman allegedly ran over the father of her child. After the accident, the car apparently almost sank in Offatts Bayou. The victim is hospitalized in critical condition. The mother and her infant were also rescued from drowning and were reportedly unharmed. The woman was later arrested on DUI charges.
The national average number of car accidents has increased in the past year. Texas alone showed an increase of 10.82 percent in fatalities from car accidents. There were an estimated 3,399 deaths in Texas due to car accidents. The economic losses suffered due to car accidents were also evaluated to be a monumental 26 billion dollars. Drunk driving is a serious nationwide concern. It may lead to severe consequences ranging from license revocation to heavy fines to jail time. However, the courts sometimes find the driver to be innocent on the grounds of inaccurate or non-standardized field sobriety test results. If the person is ordered to touch their nose with their fingers or recite the alphabet backwards, those results may be determined to be a non-standard.
Additionally, police may not have been authorized to arrest or subject a driver to sobriety tests on mere suspicion or on an anonymous tip. However, a legal professional may be able to help the accused driver battle the legal system effectively in the event that the allegations cause the person to lose reputation and money.
Source: New York Daily News, "Drunk Texas mom plows into 70-year-old man, drives into a lake with baby in backseat: cops", Meg Wagner, May 28, 2014