No doubt about it, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate. From backyard BBQs to fireworks shows and block-parties, the Fourth is a time to relax with friends and family. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July holiday also sees an increase in personal injury claims every year. It can even become tragic, as the mixture of alcohol consumption and explosives can prove deadly.
We want you to have a fun Fourth of July holiday, but we also want you to have a safe Fourth of July. That’s why we’re offering up some helpful tips for preventing these common Fourth of July injuries.
Tips for Preventing Fourth of July Injuries
Don’t Drink and Drive
This seems like a no-brainer, but really – impaired driving is one of the leading causes of personal injury and death annually and those numbers increase over holidays.
In fact, the Fourth of July holiday accounted for a whopping 40% of all drunk-driving related deaths 2011-2014.
We know many people like to celebrate the Fourth with a drink or two, but if you plan on drinking, please have a plan in place so you’re not driving.
Actually, this brings us to our second tip…
Avoid Driving, if Possible
If you can, it’s best to avoid getting out on the road at all on the Fourth. Unless your plans include traveling, it’s best to just stay put. Holidays are are busy travel time, with people visiting friends and family, or taking advantage of vacation time.
You can help to thin out road congestion by avoiding driving as much as you can. Even excluding drunk-driving, traffic-related injuries see a spike during the Fourth.
Handle Fireworks with Caution
We all love fireworks, but while they are beautiful to watch, it’s important to remember that they are dangerous explosives. You should take extreme caution if you plan on handling fireworks at your home this Fourth of July.
Risk of personal injury and even death is highly increased when handling fireworks. Especially if:
- the fireworks are faulty
- the fireworks handler has been drinking
Have a Happy Fourth of July!
The Wolfe Law team wants everyone to have a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday. That’s why it’s important to be aware of these common Fourth of July injuries and take the necessary steps to prevent them.
If you have any more questions about preventing common Fourth of July injuries, or you have been involved in an accident resulting in an injury, contact our personal injury attorneys.