Do Not Drink and Drive
While we take pride in our success in defending cases involving drinking and driving, it is important for us to note that we far prefer that you not drink and drive to begin with. Houston DWI lawyer Tyler Flood provides this web site to better educate those that may one day face a charge of driving while intoxicated in Harris County. That information should be informative, as well as to advise those reading that the best way to avoid requiring the services of a Houston DWI lawyer is to not be intoxicated while driving. Should you find yourself charged, however, you should definitely contact an attorney. There is no replacement for quality legal advice. Only a Houston DWI lawyer is able to help protect your rights properly.
So why should you avoid drinking and driving, besides the obvious legal ramifications? Besides the serious legal consequences of a drunk driving conviction, there is the serious risk of doing yourself harm or causing injury, or even death to others. Besides the health issues involving drinking, you have four major ways that alcohol consumption prior to the operation of driving may increase the likelihood of a catastrophic situation.
1) Impairment of reaction time. Driving is an activity that requires that you react quickly to changing situations. It is proven by many studies that drinking prior to the operation of a vehicle causes reaction times to slow down. This increases the likelihood of an incident. And, if the incident was unavoidable, increases the potential damage considerably due to a lack of slowing down prior to impact.
2) Impairs decision making. Driving with beer goggles is not a good idea. Drivers see things differently and have a level of confidence in personal abilities that results in incidents. In other words, someone may see a situation and think that they can make it without incident, or believe that the risks are worth the benefit of a moments savings. Or even turning a trip into a joyride where multiple risks are taken in the guise of fun. Any of these are more that capable of causing additional problems and causing an accident that will result in major injury or death.
3) Alcohol increases the likelihood of personal injury. Simply the physical makeup and condition of a person who suffers an injury is more likely to suffer a more grievous injury, or have a smaller chance of successful recovery than a sober person in the same situation. There are several studies showing that an increased level of alcohol in the bloodstream impairs the bodies ability to heal itself and to deal with the trauma associated with such an accident.
4) Possible incapacitation. In extreme cases, people driving under the influence have been overcome and have become incapacitated prior to an incident. This involves potentially blacking out, fainting, nodding off due to overwhelming tiredness, or possible uncontrollable nausea.
In addition to the greater likelihood of you, yourself, being injured, it should not be glossed over the potential impact on others. Through drinking and driving, you may cause injury to others. This not only can devastate people's lives, and that of their families, but will change your own life forever. Not only do you face the potential loss of freedom associated with being thrown in prison for your actions, you also may face civil actions that can attempt to recover damages through seizing your assets
All of these reasons and far more are why you should immediately contact a quality Houston DWI lawyer if you are faced with an arrest due to drinking and driving. No matter the circumstances, there are aspects to every drunk driving case that you need explored to make sure that you are protected. Only a qualified attorney can see these possibilities and act to protect your rights accordingly.
Contact the Law Offices of Tyler Flood should you find yourself in a situation needed a Texas DWI attorney for a drunk driving case.