A recent article posted on drug treatment.com provides a survey of data collected from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and other sources that summarizes traffic crash death statistics with regard to evidence of drug use.
The report provides interesting data about ratios of DWI related deaths by each state. Interestingly, Texas DWI rates were below average for the U.S. in cases involving alcohol measurements. South Dakota, Wyoming, and Arizona were at the top of the list of DWI fatalities with .08 or higher drivers.
In drug related DUI cases, Texas DWI rates were again lower than most states per 100,000 residents. North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana were again at the top of the list. Harris county, Texas was not listed as being at the top of any category when rates of DWI or DUI fatalities per 100,000 residents was considered.
Texas was above average when the average level of BAC in drivers involved in fatal car accidents was considered.
A word of caution in weighing these results…
The fact that alcohol or drugs are detected in a driver does not prove that the accident in question was caused by the drug or that the driver was at all affected by the drug. For example, stimulants were commonly detected in fatal accidents, however there is little evidence that stimulant use impairs driving or increases crash risks.
In any case where a driver is involved in a crash involving alcohol or drugs, a driver will likely be accused of DWI or DUI. It is important to obtain strong representation by the best DWI lawyer you can find.