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Independence Day weekend car accidents leave 2 dead, 36 injured

Independence Day Weekend has come and gone, leaving many crash victims in its wake. Connecticut State Police reported on its annual July 4th traffic enforcement operation. The number of car accidents is significantly higher than last year, but it was noted that this year the weekend included Monday, making it one day longer than the enforcement period in 2015.

This year's enforcement period started at a minute after midnight on Friday morning and lasted through one minute before midnight on Monday evening. However, the statistics in this report represent incidents recorded until 11 a.m. Monday. Gathered data indicates an increase in crashes, as well as in citations for speeding, drunk driving and hazardous driving. This year, 275 car accidents occurred, compared to only 170 in 2015; however, it may be encouraging that, although the comparison includes 105 more crashes this year, the number of accidents resulting in injuries were 12 fewer this year.

The number of fatalities remained at two -- the same as in 2015. A 68-year-old woman died in a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 on Saturday, and an unidentified young man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 95 on Sunday. Sadly, road users will continue to be threatened on our roads. The enforcement led to 36 arrests for drunk driving, 2,473 tickets issued for hazardous driving and citations issued for 1,013 speeding violations.

Connecticut victims of car accidents over the holiday weekend -- and the surviving family members of the two who lost their lives -- may be entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. Personal injury and wrongful death claims may be filed in a civil court. In all cases, the plaintiffs will have to establish negligence on the part of another party before the court will consider claims for specific items of financial damages. Once that is done to the satisfaction of the court, documented monetary losses will be adjudicated. Along with financial losses, emotional and physical damages may be included in the claims.

Source: norwichbulletin.com, "State police: More drunken drivers, crashes, speeding tickets this holiday weekend", Jaclyn Diaz, July 4, 2016

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