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Is drunk driving a problem in Connecticut?

There is an easy answer to the question posed in the title of this post: drunk driving is a problem everywhere that it happens, including the state of Connecticut. New Haven residents may have firsthand knowledge about the damage drunk drivers can cause when they crash their vehicles and inflict injuries on those who are near them. It is not uncommon for drunk driving accident victims to suffer broken bones, tissue damage and other serious harm when drivers who are impaired hit them.

Drunk driving has claimed many lives in Connecticut. According to data offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,039 people died in drunk driving-related incidents between 2003 and 2012. While rates of death per age group due to drunk driving in Connecticut are somewhat lower than rates of death associated with drunk driving on the national average, hundreds of victims are created each and every year in the state when drunk drivers are allowed to operate unchecked.

After a drunk driving accident, a victim and their family may struggle to get the victim the help they need to fully recover from their incident. The costs of treatment and medical care may exceed what they are capable of paying and may limit the options that the victim has for getting what they need to become whole again.

Drunk drivers can be sued in civil court by the victims they harm. While criminal litigation may send a drunk driver to jail, civil litigation based on personal injury claims may compel drunk drivers to pay their victims the compensation they deserve. This can help them can get back to their pre-accident lives.

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