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Beware of drunk drivers on Super Sunday

Even though it is not an actual work day, Super Bowl Sunday is essentially a de facto holiday. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will be playing in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. The final game of the NFL season is likely to draw more than 100 million viewers in the United States and millions more across the world. With all the hype and pageantry that comes with crowning the NFL’s champion, the game is unfortunately known for drinking and driving.

With the potential for Patriots fans in our region to celebrate with alcohol, law enforcement agencies across Connecticut and throughout New England will see Sunday as their Super Bowl too. It is expected that additional patrols will be out to keep streets safe. But the potential for criminal charges may not reduce the potential for accidents.  

A Los Angeles Times article noted a 77 percent increase in alcohol related crashes on the Sunday of the Super Bowl compared to other Sundays in January and February. In essence the crash data was similar to New Year’s Eve.

With that, said drivers should be particularly careful on Super Bowl Sunday, especially in the hour after the game ends. As we have said in other posts, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while driving on Connecticut roads.  Because alcohol affects a person’s judgment and motor skills, abstaining from alcohol is part of such a duty to use reasonable care.

Those who cause accidents while under the influence can be held liable for the injuries and property damage realized in a crash. If you have questions about your legal rights and options after a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you. 

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