What should I know about Independence Day car accidents?

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The Fourth of July is an exciting time for many, as it celebrates the founding of the United States of America. Many enjoy barbeques and picnics with friends, playing games and swimming, and watching parades and fireworks. However, this is a dangerous holiday for drivers, as it is associated with heavy drinking as people let loose. As such, if you’re involved in a car accident on Independence Day, knowing how to proceed with the help of car accident attorneys is vital. Keep reading to learn more.

Why is Independence Day dangerous for drivers?

The Fourth of July is a fun holiday for many, as it allows them to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors. However, this also poses a danger to other travelers, as, unfortunately, many make the decision to drive drunk on this holiday.

In a considerable amount of accidents that occurred on this holiday over a four-year span, many drivers were drunk. While the legal limit for driving with alcohol in your system is 0.08%, anyone with any amount of alcohol in their system can be inebriated as a result of the alcohol.

What can I do to stay safe?

If you are worried about driving on this holiday, there are steps you can take to protect yourself while on the road. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your location. Unfortunately, speeding can increase the risk of accidents. As such, taking traffic into account, give yourself ample time to reach your destination.

While traveling, be sure to pay attention to the road around you. Limit distractions and stay alert to any cars driving erratically. If you see someone driving in an unsafe manner, such as swerving or veering into other lanes, you should alert the police.

Finally, if you host or attend an Independence Day picnic, bring non-alcoholic drinks for those who are serving as the designated driver to enjoy. Similarly, if you see someone under the influence attempt to drive home, take their keys and help them find a ride home.

What should I do if I’m involved in an accident?

If you are involved in an accident caused by a drunk or negligent driver on Independence Day, it’s essential to ensure you take the proper precautions. You should immediately call the police and request emergency medical technicians to receive the necessary treatment for any injuries sustained. If the driver was intoxicated, the police can help ensure they are handled.

When you’re hurt because of a negligent driver, Friedman Schuman can help. Our dedicated legal team understands that suffering due to the choices of others is unfair to you. As such, we will do everything possible to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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