Fourth of July and Car Accidents
The Fourth of July is a day that is characterized by families, grilling, parades, and of course, fireworks. Many people travel to see family and friends and use the extra day off work to make a long weekend getaway out of it. With summer’s biggest holiday around the corner, it is important to look at some of the facts and statistics. The perfect storm of great weather, time off work, and alcoholic drinks make the Fourth of July the deadliest holiday of the year.
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4th of July Road Safety
Independence Day: Alcohol and Driving Facts
The National Safety Council defines the “one day holiday period” as starting at 6:00 PM on July 3 and ending at 11:59 PM on the Fourth of July. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that over 46,000,000 people will drive fifty or more miles to celebrate the Fourth of July. Similarly, beer and wine sales will skyrocket for the Fourth of July. In 2019, it was reported that American adults will spend about one billion dollars on beer alone. An additional $600,000,000 will be spent on wine, bringing the total spent on alcohol to about $1.6 billion dollars. Put simply, Americans know how to celebrate.
With alcohol purchase and consumption at a near high, the NSC estimates more than 400 road fatalities and an additional 50,000 serious injuries over the Fourth of July weekend.
What measures can I take to make sure my family and I are safe on the road this 4th of July?
First, make sure you do not get behind the wheel if you consumed alcohol that evening. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you need to drive later that night, designate a sober driver.
Secondly, make sure you and everyone in your car is wearing seat belts. Studies show that seat belts, when used and worn properly, are 45% effective in preventing fatalities among front seat occupants. Thirdly, drive defensively. Be on the lookout for any drivers that may be exhibiting symptoms of intoxication and act accordingly. Make sure you are well rested. Fatigued driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving so make sure you pick up an extra cup of coffee or find a place to stay the night.
Lastly, avoid distractions. Do not use your cellphone to text, call, browse social media, or use it in any fashion. Distracted driving is one of the biggest factors in car accidents. All it takes is a split second or someone looking away from the road for a moment for your life to change.
How to Stay Safe this Independence Day
- Don’t drink and drive, designate a sober driver
- Make sure everyone in your family wears seat belts
- Drive defensively and stay well rested and alert
- Avoid distractions and don’t use your cell phone while driving
What can I do if I’m injured?
It is important to take photographs of the vehicles, the damages, and vehicle placement in case the other driver tries to place the blame on you. Additionally, take note of anything that may seem unusual or suspicious. Call the police so that a police report may be made.
If you’re injured in an accident, remember to:
- Take photographs of the vehicles, damage, and location
- Take note of anything unusual or suspicious
- Call the police and file a report
Once you finish medical treatment for the injuries you suffered due to a drunk or distracted driver, you may be left with a pile of expensive and unpaid medical bills. An injured party can file a claim against the insurance company of the at fault driver for damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The attorneys at the Kryder Law Group will examine and investigate to determine all potential and applicable insurance policies that may cover the accident. In certain cases, your own insurance policy may offer uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits in case the at-fault party was uninsured or had an insurance policy that was insufficient to cover all your damages. The Kryder Law Group will also investigate to determine whether there were any videos or security cameras owned by local municipalities. We will also utilize experts to investigate the facts of the accident and to write a report about his or her opinions of the accident.
How to Get Help
The personal injury process is a stressful process. The adjuster will use aggressive tactics to try to minimize your case’s value. The Kryder Law Group is a leading Illinois law firm specializing in personal injury cases involving motor vehicles and drunk drivers. The Kryder Law Group’s attorneys will deal directly with the adjuster or defense firm so that you have the peace of mind that your attorneys are working to maximize the compensation you deserve.
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