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Report details where DUI crashes are more likely in Connecticut

Even if you've thought about it, exactly when and where a drunk driving accident might happen may seem impossible to predict. However, reporters with NBC Connecticut looked into the state's DUI statistics and pinpointed some hot spots for DUI-related accidents. In fact, Norwich had five hot spots where a total of nearly 60 DUI crashes occurred over a three-year span. New London reportedly had three areas where the chance of a drunk driving accident was significantly greater.

The results of the investigation were shared with an executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She noted that people might assume that some areas were more likely to have more DUI crashes, but having the numbers on paper is an eye-opener.

A woman who was seriously injured on Route 2 in Norwich agrees. She was driving over the town line between Norwich and Preston when her truck was struck and badly damaged by a drunk driver. The woman said she felt her neck snap in the crash, and she believed that she might die.

She survived, however, though now she has wires, screws and rods in her body as a result of the collision. Both of her knees were eventually replaced, and she also has to take numerous medications. In an interview, she said that it's scary knowing just how many DUI wrecks occur in the area.

If Connecticut residents have been injured because of a drunk driver's negligence, it is important to know that legal options are available beyond the criminal charges brought against the offender.

The article we've linked to below has more about the specific locations where DUI crashes are more likely in our state.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "DUI Crash Hot Spots," Len Besthof, Feb. 4, 2014

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