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Drunk driving accidents increase during the holiday season

The 2018 holiday season has arrived. For many people, this means office Christmas parties and celebrations with family and friends. On the flip side, for people who have lost loved ones or may be separated from family, it can be a depressing time. In either situation, at an after-hours party or saddled up to a bar, there is often alcohol involved. This could later leads to drunk driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has named Thanksgiving as the deadliest holiday of the year for drivers, citing over 800 drunk driving fatalities from 2013-2017. In 2017 alone, more than 33 percent of deadly traffic accidents on a holiday weekend involved drunk driving. In Ohio, there were 26 total fatal crashes, with 5 of them involving alcohol as a related factor. While these statistics address driving over Thanksgiving weekend, the Christmas holidays are not far behind.

Law enforcement agencies step up patrols during these seasons, especially along Interstate 90 in Cuyahoga County from Euclid to Westlake. These efforts have been named the Corridor Enforcement Initiative, and while the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday has already passed, they will likely continue during the Christmas season.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, help is available. An experienced attorney can offer guidance and help you obtain financial compensation. There are several different types of compensation available in a drunk driving case, including medical, loss of income and pain and suffering, among others. A party should never settle with, or sign anything for an insurance company prior to speaking with experienced legal counsel. Doing so can result in a victim receiving little to no compensation.

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