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Pennsylvania DUI crashes spike with St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day, like other holidays on which celebrants typically drink, is notorious for causing an increase in the number of alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania. Drunk driving car accidents are usually considerably more serious than a run-of-the-mill accident because impaired drivers suffer from poor reaction times and slowed cognitive functions. For victims of such drivers, the results can be devastating.

Nationwide, the St. Patrick's Day holiday period - typically encompassing the evening of March 16th through the early morning hours of March 18th -- is a far more dangerous time for motorists to be on the roads than other times of the year. Over this time period, almost 40 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities on the nation's highways involved a drunk driver. This is far above the average.

The late night hours of March 17 and the early morning hours of March 18 are particularly hazardous. Statistics show that between midnight and 5:59 a.m. on the St. Patrick's Day holiday, nearly 70 percent of all traffic crash fatalities involved drunk driving. What's worse is that most drivers' blood alcohol levels far exceeded the maximum allowed, which is 0.08 in Pennsylvania.

Anyone who has been injured in a car accident that involved a drunk or otherwise impaired driver may be entitled to monetary compensation for their losses. No one can undo all of the damage caused by a drunk driver. However, monetary recourse can help to pay for expenses like medical bills, lost wages, property damage and to reimburse for pain and suffering that resulted from the accident. Contact an experienced car accident attorney, like those with The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller to find out what help is available.

Source: The Mercury News, "Police warn about drinking and driving on St. Patrick's Day," March 16, 2018

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