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Drunk driving crash injures 9 in Stratford

We all know the dangers of drunk driving. When a person has had too much to drink, his or her vision, reflexes and judgment become impaired to the point that it is dangerous to operate a vehicle. Unfortunately, many people ignore the warnings about drunk driving and do it anyway, putting themselves and others in serious peril. A recent Connecticut accident can serve as an example of why people should not drink and drive.

On Friday afternoon, a 46-year-old driver crashed his car into a Stratford nail salon. Nine people were injured in the collision that police are now attributing to drunk driving. Although all of the victims are expected to recover from their injuries, one remains in critical condition. Police have charged the man with operating while under the influence, four counts of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, five counts of third-degree assault, and risk of injury to a minor.

This accident clearly illustrates how one person's poor decision can directly impact -- and harm -- the lives of many others. Nine people are now left to recover from injuries and pay potentially expensive medical bills. And while some alleged drunk drivers face criminal charges for their behavior, victims of a DUI accident can also hold a driver accountable through a civil action.

With the help of an attorney, an injured accident victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against a drunk driver. Not only can a personal injury lawsuit result in compensation for medical expenses and other damages, but it can also serve as an additional way of ensuring justice is served.

Source: Stratford Patch, "Driver in Stratford Nail Salon Crash Charged w/ DUI," Jason Bagley, April 15, 2013

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