Baumgartner Law Firm Warns About Drunk Driving Accidents on the 4th of July
Texas leads the nation in fatal alcohol-related accidents, with an average of four Texans dying every day because somebody drove under the influence. Drunk driving accidents regularly happen over holidays such as July 4th.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
“Texans have a lot to be proud of, but our drunk driving record is not on that list,” says Greg Baumgartner, founder of Baumgartner Law Firm. As a Houston personal injury attorney, he has seen more than his share of the damage drunk driving cases.
“We lead the nation in fatal alcohol-related accidents, with an average of four Texans dying every day because somebody drove under the influence.”
Baumgartner´s firm has set up an informational website, StopTexasDrunkDriving.com, to help in the fight against this deadly trend.
The site lauds Texan authorities for their efforts to curb drunk driving, citing high-profile enforcement and public awareness campaigns as partially effective measures. Also mentioned are stiffer sentences handed down in Texas courts against DWI offenders — including punitive damages awarded in personal injury cases.
In his research, Baumgartner identified patterns in drunk driving deaths. “Weekends are worse than weekdays from a safety standpoint, with the worst days being certain holidays and times. If you can avoid driving on Christmas Eve Night, New Year´s Eve Night or Independence Day, you should do that. Also stay off the road in the hours immediately after a football game.”
Adults aren´t the only people in need of such advice, however. On the site, Baumgartner calls all parents to action, advising that teaching children not to drink and drive may be the best way to make Texan roads safer. “It´s never too early to talk to your children about the responsibilities of a driver,” he says. “That first talk should happen before they´re old enough to drive, and long before their first drink.”
Baumgartner also urges parents to lead by example and never drive drunk themselves. “Let your children know the steps you take to avoid driving after drinking, whether that´s giving your keys to a spouse or calling a cab.”
Despite the escalating criminal consequences of DWI in Texas, Baumgartner notes that those punishments do little to help the families of those killed or injured by a drunk driver. “A DWI offender in jail doesn´t put food on his victims´ table,” he says. “It does not pay for medical bills or counseling for surviving loved ones.”
Baumgartner Law Firm represents DWI accident victims and families in wrongful death cases throughout Texas. Their veteran team understands that nearly every drunk driving injury or death is the result of reckless decisions by somebody else.
“Criminal law focuses on punishing offenders for their irresponsible actions,” says Baumgartner, “but it does little to help the victims. For that, many families need a personal injury attorney.”
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