Monday, September 9, 2013

Austin's High Ranking Means Dangerous Roads


 There are plenty of instances in which being named to a list of distinction comes with a badge of honor. Maybe you are an actor who finds yourself on the list of nominees for Best Lead Actor at the Academy Awards. Or, perhaps you are a chancellor at a university and proud to open a newspaper and learn that your school is ranked in the top ten for the strength of its academic programs. But, what about a list that sets you apart as one of the drunkest cities in the United States? That is where Austin finds itself.

According to research developed and conducted by The Daily Beast, Austin falls below frequently imbibing cities like Boston and Milwaukee but still managed to finish ahead of places like New Orleans and Las Vegas. The study determined that 18% of all Austin residents are binge drinkers and around 5% are heavy drinkers. 

I'm sure you could find fault with the method of this study or even argue whether such a ranking serves any purpose at all. But, there is a case to be made that Austin, with its large student population and thriving nightlife, is home to quite a few people who enjoy an alcoholic beverage or three.

From our perspective as a law firm, though, we are especially concerned with what a person decides to do after finishing those drinks. Particularly, will he or she decide to get behind the wheel of a car?

We see the stories on the news every day. People make the horrible decision to drive a car after an evening of drinking. The results are often tragic. Lives are lost or forever changed because someone did not make that one choice to hand over the keys.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you need to make sure you are getting the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys who specialize in automobile accidents will fight on your behalf until your case is won. Please call the offices of Bertolino, LLP at our Austin, Houston or San Antonio office today and let's get to work.

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