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21 year old Julio Garza Charged with intoxication manslaughter in Harris County

Around midnight on Thursday, August 27, 2015 Julio Garza was involved in a major car accident resulting in what may be wrongful death. He was driving with one passenger when he struck a tree in the median. Sources suggest that he lost control of his car while intoxicated after drinking and driving. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter and has a jail bond of $30,000. He only was only slightly injured, however, his passenger died in the accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13,138 people died in accidents involving a drunk driver in Texas from 2003-2012. In addition, Texas has a higher rate of alcohol-related deaths per age group than the national average. Drivers like Garza are one of many charged with driving under the influence.

Most fatalities occur among individuals like Garza who are in the 21-24 age group. More men than women are involved in alcohol-related deaths. The study also reveals that "about one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver."

Similarly, twenty-five year old Leonard Perez of Levelland, Texas was one of many in Texas to be recently charged with DUI.

According to Texas Department of Transportation, approximately half of DWI accidents in 2014 with young men (34 years old or younger) in Texas were Hispanic. This has resulted in a campaign in Austin that attempts to raise awareness among this group. According to local law enforcement agencies, accidents involving Hispanic men resulted in over 600 critical injuries and 275 deaths.

A wrongful death claim occurs when an individual dies due to the legal fault of another.

Attorneys do not always rely on police reports to obtain information. Personal injury lawyers often hire private investigators to gather more facts about each case and the true cause of an accident. Are you looking for answers to your questions? 

-- Article by Richard D. Weaver, a Texas personal injury attorney.

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