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Frightening DWI Statistics In Texas

June 8, 2009

In Texas, someone is hurt or killed in an alcohol-related automobile crash every 19 minutes. Even more astonishing, drunk driving claims an average of five lives each and every day here in Texas.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. In the United States, drunk driving crimes occur more often than any other crime. Approximately, every five (5) hours, someone is killed in an alcohol-related traffic crash in Texas.

Unfortunately, Texas continues to be among the national leaders when it comes to traffic deaths that involve alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2004 in Texas, 1,642 motorists were killed in alcohol-related crashes, second to California by only a single death. In 2004, experts estimate that 70 Texans were injured or killed in alcohol-related crashes every day.

The Department of Public Safety reports that of the 98,349 drunk driving arrests made in Texas in 2004, 303 young people between nine and sixteen years old were arrested for drinking and driving. An additional 9,285 minors between ages 17 and 20 were arrested for driving under the influence. That means more than 11 percent of all the people arrested for drinking and driving were under 21 years of age, the legal age for alcohol consumption in Texas.

Recently, Texas has edged out California once again as the state with the most alcohol-related motor-vehicle fatalities and the highest number of fatalities with drivers over the .08% legal limit. However, these drunk driving statistics have shown improvement, but clearly not enough. In 1982, the highest number of alcohol related deaths were reported, when 2,801 of our fellow Texans died. The lowest numbers were reported in 2005, with 1,544. The percentage of traffic fatalities that were alcohol related was highest in 1982 also, with 66%. That percentage dropped to its lowest level in 2005 also, showing 45% of traffic fatalities as alcohol related.

In 2005 and 2006, out of all traffic fatalities, 39% involved a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, down from 61% in 1982.

As the hot summer days approach here in Texas, it is important to leave your automobile keys with a designated driver if you are going to drink any alcohol away from your home. Although these numbers are decreasing over the last few decades, the number of alcohol related fatalities and injuries in automobile are still quite frightening. Please be safe and don’t drink and drive!

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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21 Year Old Passenger Killed In Grapevine Car Accident Caused By Drunk Driver

February 18, 2009

According to the Dallas Morning News, a 21-year-old drunk driver, Stephen Powers, lost control of his vehicle in a one-car wreck that killed his passenger and seriously injured another passenger in Grapevine Sunday, February 15, 2009. Stephen D. Powers, a U.S. Marine, now faces charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault by the Grapevine Police Department.

Michael Bentley, 21, of Roanoke and his 19-year-old wife of two months, Courtney Bentley, were riding with Stephen Powers Sunday evening on North Park Boulevard in Grapevine. According to the initial investigation, Mr. Powers lost control of his car and crashed into a brick sign outside First Presbyterian Church.

As a result, Michael Bentley was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he tragically died Monday. Courtney Bentley broke her arm and sustained a concussion. Mr. Powers was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Michael Bentley and Courtney Bentley were recently married in December 2008 and only married less than two months before this tragic accident.

We would respectfully request that you please keep Michael and Courtney Bentley’s families and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they all go through this difficult time. It is a tragedy that such a young life is lost as a result of senseless drunk driving.

We would be interested to see the results of the final investigation into this auto accident. It is important to determine if anyone else bears any responsibility for this accident in addition to Mr. Powers. This additional responsibility can come from: another vehicle that may have caused Mr. Powers to lose control of his vehicle, the location and whereabouts of where Mr. Powers become intoxicated at prior to this accident, etc. It is important that the victims’ family members immediately contact a highly qualified personal injury attorney to protect all of their legal options. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to look into the various factors that played a role in this crash and immediately notify all parties who could be responsible for this devastating and unfortunate auto accident.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.