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Super Bowl parties can mean dangers on the road

The Super Bowl is widely considered the biggest sporting event of the year. Television viewership exceeds tens of millions of viewers. However, for many Americans, the biggest appeal of the Super Bowl is not the game, or the whole package of television experience that goes along with it. For many people, the big appeal is the opportunity to have a party.

Of course, many of these parties involve alcoholic beverages. With a substantial increase in alcohol consumption, there is often a substantial increase in drunk driving incidents.

Once the game is over, many people get behind the wheel of a car before they should. Even if you are one of the partygoers who opts not to drink or who has a designated driver, you must share the roads with people who aren't so careful.

Under Pennsylvania law, those who have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver may recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit. To establish that the other driver caused the accident through negligence, the injured must investigate the circumstances of the accident. Sometimes this means investigating what the driver was doing before the crash. If the injured can establish that the other driver was at a party and drinking -- and if, through a breath test or other evidence taken at the scene of the accident, the injured can show that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash -- this helps show that the driver did not exercise the care he or she should have when operating a car.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, "PennDOT, Safety Partners Urge Safe DRiving As Part Of Super Bowl Sunday Impaired Driving Campaign," Jan. 31, 2017

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