It’s common knowledge that driving and alcohol don’t mix. Despite the disastrous consequences, thousands of people across the country continue to drive while intoxicated. As if roadways in Texas aren’t dangerous enough, the odds of an accident happening increase dramatically when drunk drivers get behind the wheel. Tragically, drunk driving accidents typically result in serious injuries or death.
Recently, a police officer in Austin was injured when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The incident happened just after midnight along interstate 35. Reports said the officer was on his motorcycle with the emergency lights activated while traffic workers moved barricades from the roadway. According to reports, the driver of a dark-colored vehicle crashed into the officer’s motorcycle and drove away.
Reportedly, the officer was injured in the crash. Authorities said they located the suspect’s vehicle a short time later with a piece of the officer’s motorcycle and damage to the passenger side. After speaking with the driver, police said he admitted to consuming alcohol before the crash but didn’t stop because he was afraid of being arrested. The man was hit with several charges, police said.
When drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated, they not only endanger themselves, they endanger the lives of all those around them. Those in Texas who suffer personal injuries or the loss of loved ones in drunk driving accidents can take legal action by consulting a knowledgeable legal representative. A successfully litigated claim can result in vital compensation that victims and families can use to cover medical bills and other expenses.