Woodland Hills, CA (PressExposure) December 22, 2009 -- Houston personal injury attorney Joel A. Gordon, in a post published this morning on his blog, cited Houston DWI statistics as one of his primary motivating factors in helping clients with wrongful death lawsuits. The numbers released suggest a serious problem not only in Houston but throughout the state and across the nation. A spokesperson for the firm was asked to elaborate.
"There are 3.9 million people living here in Harris County and last year there were over 10,000 cases of DWI brought into the Houston court system," our spokesperson said. "A whole lot of people were injured and some were killed by these irresponsible motorists and Joel A. Gordon wants to see family members compensated for that. You can't replace a loved one lost but you can ease the financial burden that was created by that loss when you make those who caused it pay a price."
Later in the post Attorney Gordon goes on to quote the statistic published by SADD, Students Against Drunk Driving, that 11,773 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2008. Scarier still is the fact that 1.3 million teenagers died of drug overdoses, many of whom were of legal driving age. He suggests that the high level of teen drug abuse across the country proves that intoxicated and impaired driving is a problem everywhere.
"Most people tend to associate DWI with drinking only," said our spokesperson. "The truth is that there is also a pretty severe drug problem with our young people and many of them are driving also. By fighting for victim's rights and compensation we're toughening the penalties that have to be paid for that kind of behavior. Maybe if a few parents get brought to court they'll start watching their children a little closer. A minor can't be held financially responsible but sometimes the parents can."
Statistics for 2009 will not be released until the year is over but Joel A. Gordon and Associates would like to remind everyone of how dangerous the roads can be over the holiday season. "If you're going to drink this holiday season, please don't drive," said our spokesperson. "The fatality rate is already high enough."