Startling Increase In Drunk Driving Arrests During Decreased COVID-19 Operations

- Charles Argento

Driving while intoxicated charges dipped during the six-week period when restaurants and bars were closed as a result of the COIVD-19 business closures and stay-at-home order throughout the State of Texas.

After a 50% decrease in the number of DWIs during the lockdown, Harris County drivers are returning to their previous negligent ways, with the number of drivers arrested for DWI quickly increasing since restaurants reopened on May 8, 2020.

Spending the night in jail is not the only danger that results from negligently driving while intoxicated.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, about every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.

At Charles J. Argento, our Houston drunk driving accident attorney knows that these collisions leave our residents facing long-term medical care and extended time away from work that can change their lives going forward. And when these crashes take lives, families are left devastated forever.

When injuries or the loss of life occurs because of another’s negligence, they must be held accountable for the financial fallout from these horrific accidents, and that is where our experienced Houston car accident attorney can help.

Holidays, Drinking and Vehicle Collisions Put Our Houston Residents In Danger

Sean Teare, the head of the Vehicular Crimes Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, shared his shock at the number of DUI arrests in recent weeks stating while the city is in the middle of a pandemic, and restaurants and bars are operating at less than capacity, the numbers rival previous years, instead of decreasing as reasonably expected.

Over the most recent holiday weekend, there were two very disturbing DUI cases reported in Harris County. One left a seven-year-old injured near Beechnut and Highway 6, and the other was caused by a suspected alcohol-impaired driver that led deputies on a chase, killing two innocent bystanders.

Law enforcement officials believe that as the lockdown continues to ease, and businesses return to full capacity, the numbers will continue to quickly rise.

How Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Pursue Criminal Activity?

Our Houston personal injury attorney, Charles J. Argento, focuses on civil cases that hold negligent drunk drivers accountable for the damages they caused while operating a vehicle recklessly and injuring our client.

While driving under the influence or driving while the intoxicated arrest is a matter for the criminal courts, our Houston drunk driving accident lawyer will focus on our client’s injuries and the financial recovery they deserve from the driver’s insurance coverage.

That can include compensation for:

  • Ongoing medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Prescriptions and medical devices
  • Rehabilitation and therapy
  • Short- or long-term disabilities
  • Temporary or permanent disabilities
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death

If you have been hurt in a vehicle collision with someone who was driving under the influence, contact our experienced Houston, Texas car accident attorney today to schedule a free consultation by calling (713) 225-5050 or by contacting us online to discuss your case and learn about the solutions our skilled personal injury lawyer can provide for your unique circumstances.