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Drivers must be careful during Oktoberfest

The first weekend of October is significant in La Crosse and throughout our region. It is the beginning of Oktoberfest; which is the annual fall gathering to celebrate German culture. It is commonly highlighted by beer exhibitions and entertainment. The Oktoberfest celebration in La Crosse is similar to other celebrations around the country, all of which are based on the largest Volkfest held in Munich, Germany.

This year’s Oktoberfest began today with a salutation from the Oktoberfest President and a toast, which was met by thousands of people raising steins, cans and cups to commemorate the beginning of the festival. People attending the festival wore traditional outfits as well as Packers green and gold. Essentially, festival goers were out to have a good time. 

With beer exhibitions a staple of Oktoberfest, there are some people who will overindulge and get into their cars. While law enforcement will be out in force to make sure that a lively celebration does not escalate into tragedy from people driving while they should not be.

But aside from the criminal implications, drivers who are charged or convicted of driving under the influence can also be held liable for any accidents a drunk driver may cause. Essentially, a criminal act can be viewed as evidence that a driver failed to use reasonable care, and that such a failure was the proximate cause of the accident that caused the injuries involved.

So while we wish our reader the best with Oktoberfest, drivers injured in an accident should call an experienced personal injury attorney

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