Every year in the United States, an average of between 10,000 and 12,000 people are killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers. That number doesn’t include the people who were temporarily or permanently injured. This scary statistic alone should be enough to make people stop drinking and driving. Another big reason to avoid drinking and driving is the legal ramifications you will have to deal with for the rest of your life if you are convicted of drunk driving.

A drunk driver in Dallas was sentenced last week to 15 years in prison. The man is 26 years old and pleaded guilty to intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. Earlier this year, he was driving a Chevy Tahoe the wrong way on Interstate 20 and crashed head-on into a Chevy Monte Carlo. The crash killed the drunk driver’s passenger and critically injured the other driver. The other driver now has to use a walker to move around and suffered brain trauma. The drunk driver was not seriously injured, and tried to walk away from the scene. His blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit.

The actions of this drunk driver not only seriously impacted the lives of two families – the driver himself will now spend the next 15 years of his life. In addition, because he was an illegal immigrant, he will most likely be deported when his sentence has been completed.

Stories like this remind us of how important it is to never get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Your actions could destroy not only your life, but the lives of countless others. If you have been injured by a Dallas drunk driver, or if a loved one has been killed, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will fight to protect your right to compensation. Call today.