Back in 2009, one Texas family joined 1,252 other families that were informed that a loved one had been killed by drunk driving. According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas leads the country in DUI related fatalities. There are no statistics available on how many wrongful death claims filed in our state involved alcohol related deaths.
From 2007 through 2011, the number of drunk driving related traffic deaths ranges from a low in 2009 of 1,253 to a high of 1,333 in 2007. It would be easy to lay the blame at the feet of law enforcement. People could say that law enforcement agencies aren't doing enough to keep drunk drivers off the road while prosecutors are making too many deals that put drunk drivers back out on the streets. Of course, the state legislature could take some responsibility for those numbers since the laws aren't strict enough.