Fourth of July weekend is one of the deadliest weekends of the year. The National Safety Council predicted that there would be 385 deaths and 41,200 injuries that took place over the weekend. Accidental deaths caused by car crashes, swimming and boating accidents, or fireworks accounted for the majority of deaths in 2013. While a percentage of deaths may involve fireworks, research shows that the majority of Independence Day accidental deaths are caused by car collisions.
Accident risks peak over the weekend of the 4th because of parties, alcohol, and a rise in high-risk activities. If you or someone you love was injured in an Independence Day accident, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate. Our Port St. Lucie personal injury attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to prevent accidental injury and death. We are also committed to holding responsible individuals and entitles accountable in the event of an accident. Our legal team will conduct a thorough investigation in your case, identify the cause of the accident, and aggressively pursue victim’s rights.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, July 4th had an average of 127 deaths each year, while New Year’s Day had an average of 122 deaths per year between 2008 and 2012. The risk of death was also high on July 5th, or the morning after the 4th of July. Reports from the National Insurance Institute also indicate that Independence Day has the highest risk of car crash accidents ever year. The day with the second highest number of car crash deaths was July 3rd.
Fourth of July weekend sends a lot of drivers on the roads to visit family, go camping, hit the beach, or take a four-day vacation. The number of drivers on the road always increases the likelihood of serious car crashes. Safety experts also point out that drivers may be risker during the weekend, heading to pool parties, backyard barbecues, or fireworks shows that involve heavy drinking. According to reports, alcohol is a significant factor in accidents that occur both on the Fourth of July and on New Year’s weekend.
In addition to road traffic and alcohol, heat in the summer also increases the risk of injury and death during Independence Day weekend. Dehydration can compound the effect of alcohol, making drivers and boat operators drowsy and less alert. Fourth of July accidents may involve swimming pools, boating, barbecues, car accidents, fireworks, and even house fires. In some cities, shootings and violent crimes have spiked over the 4th of July weekend, though the majority of deaths are accidental.
Emergency room visits will spike over the weekend, involving bike accidents, swimming pool incidents, and sports injuries. Even minor injuries can leave victims with significant medical bills and unable to work. For residents of Florida and throughout the States, the 4th of July weekend is a reason to celebrate, but it can also significantly increase the risk of accidents, injury and fatalities. If you were impacted by an Independence Day injury, an experienced advocate can review your case, identify responsible parties and pursue just compensation.
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