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Car accident statistics show increase since 2017

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Each year, thousands of Pennsylvania residents make travel plans during the holiday season. For those who choose to drive to their destination, the risk of a car accident seems to be at an all-time high across the state. Each year, law enforcement provides statistics for the number and nature of accidents in the days leading up to a major holiday. 

The numbers have come in for Thanksgiving weekend 2018. The total number of car accidents was more than the previous year, as were the numbers of deaths and serious injuries. In only four days, the reports of car accidents across Pennsylvania were recorded in the thousands. This was observed to be over 13 percent higher than the previous year's total. 

Police also noted an increase in DUI-related crashes and injuries. Innocent victims were hurt or killed because fellow drivers chose to break the law. Car accidents caused by an intoxicated driver can be especially devastating to victims and their families, because injury or death may have been avoided if the driver at fault had not made the decision to drink and drive. 

A victim who has suffered serious injury as a result of a car accident may be wondering how to legally hold the driver at fault responsible. The process may seem a bit daunting when a suffering victim must face medical bills, insurance matters, inability to work due to injuries and other matters that often follow a crash. An experienced attorney is a good option for a victim to consider. An attorney can help a client fight for justice, along with any monetary damages to which he or she may be entitled by law. 

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