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President institutes Impaired Driving Prevention Month

With the holidays just around the corner, Missouri residents may partake of too much holiday cheer. Unfortunately, some of them may decide to get behind the wheel and possibly not arrive at their destination.

Impaired driving is a problem any time of the year, but some people seem to drink more alcohol during this merriest of seasons. If they drink and drive, they could cause a car accident, injuring or even killing others on the road. This is why the White House has named December as Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The press release noted that someone dies in an alcohol-related accident approximately every 50 minutes in the United States.

Forty years ago, alcohol was involved in almost two-thirds of all car accidents. The number had been steadily decreasing over the decades, but for the second consecutive year, the number of fatalities in alcohol-related accidents has increased. In 2016, alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 28 percent of traffic fatalities. The White House noted that the administration supports companies that are developing technology to reduce impaired driving.

Drunk driving accidents do not have to happen. Unfortunately, some motorists do choose to drink and drive. Missouri residents who have been injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim. A personal injury attorney may be able to explain eligibility and the types of compensation, such as medical expenses and lost wages, that could be available to victims. An attorney may also be able to assist victims with getting this compensation either through negotiation with an insurance company or in court by naming the drunk driver as the defendant.

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