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The holidays provide families with a chance to get together and enjoy the company of their loved ones. Many use this time to decompress from their daily lives, and car accidents can result from inattentive, drunk or negligent drivers taking to the roads after a holiday feast. And a handful of accidents happened on Connecticut highways during this most recent Thanksgiving, which could mean many personal injury lawsuits.

According to the Connecticut State Police, 23 injuries occurred on the state’s highways this Thanksgiving season, down from 50 injuries and two deaths reported the year before. Checkpoints were established to check for drunk driving and additional patrols scouted for DUIs. By Thanksgiving night, 27 people had been arrested by state police for DUI. Fortunately no fatalities had been reported yet.

Common citations included tailgating, driving while talking on cellphones and unsafely changing lanes.

Negligent driving, whether caused by intoxication, distracted driving, or any number of similar factors, can lead to serious injury and death. With Christmas right around the corner, it’s an especially good time to remind drivers that they have a responsibility to operate in a safe manner. Consider using a designated driver if you want to have just a few more drinks at your company Christmas party. If you cause an accident that leads to injuries, you could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in damages if the injured party decides to file a lawsuit against you.

Source: Associated Press, “Police: 23 injuries due to holiday road accidents,” Nov. 23, 2012

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