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The holidays increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents

West Virginia readers know that the holidays are a time of year when there are more drivers on the road than usual. An increased number of drivers can lead to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, particularly those related to drunk driving. In an effort to discourage this dangerous behavior, law enforcement officers throughout the state will be increasing patrols over the holiday weekend.

Drunk driving is dangerous driving. Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol often display dangerous behaviors, including erratic driving, the inability to negotiate intersections and speeding. Any of these behaviors are perilous for everyone on the road, increasing the changes of a serious or fatal accident.

West Virginia readers will remember that the holidays are no excuse for drunk driving. If a person is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it is appropriate for the victim to seek compensation for injuries and damages. Any level of impairment is dangerous, even if that driver has a blood alcohol concentration that is technically under .08 percent. If any injured driver suspects that alcohol played a role in his or her accident, it is beneficial to work with a lawyer experienced in drunk driving accident cases.

There is no excuse for drunk driving, and irresponsible drivers can be held accountable for motor vehicle accidents caused by their reckless behavior. An attorney can evaluate an individual's case and determine what legal options are available. Drunk driving victims would be wise to protect their rights by seeking a complete case evaluation as soon as possible after an accident.

Source: wvmetronews.com, "West Virginians urged to drive sober during holiday season", Carrie Hodousek, Dec. 21, 2015

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