The 4th of July weekend is quickly approaching, as people throughout Texas are preparing for a holiday weekend of traveling, fireworks, barbecues, beaches and celebrating with friends and family.
The 4th of July is not only one of the most popular holidays of the year, but it is also one of the most dangerous holidays for traveling.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates how many traffic fatalities will occur on the 4th of July each year. In 2019, the agency estimated between 500 - 637 fatalities, but the actual number for that year has yet to be released. The NSC is typically close to the actual numbers with its holiday estimates.
Drunk driving is a major danger during 4th of July
Consuming alcohol is a common staple of celebration during the 4th of July. According to ValuePenguin, of all major holidays, the 4th of July ranks No. 3 in drunk driving. Every year there are an average of 307 DUI-related fatalities. In fact, more than 38 percent of all car accidents are linked to drunk drivers.
Staying safe during the 4th of July
It's always a good idea to plan ahead before a major holiday celebration. If you plan on drinking, be sure not to drive. Also be sure to intervene if a friend or loved one plans on getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Drunk driving crashes can be prevented by:
- Using a taxi or rideshare service
- Celebrating within walking distance
- Staying at a friend or family member's house
- Celebrating at home
- Designating a sober driver
If you plan on driving, it's important to use good judgment and defensive driving skills. Be aware of reckless drivers and maintain a safe distance from them. This may include drivers who:
- Swerve or don't stay within the lines of the road
- Speed or tailgate
- Fail to comply with traffic laws
- Ignore stop signs and traffic signals
- Engage in road rage
What to do if you are injured in a car accident
Your 4th of July celebration shouldn't be ruined by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a crash, you need an experienced and committed Texas attorney who can help you and your family.
The Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood has more than 15 years of experience helping clients get the compensation they need for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and non-economic damages. We know how to investigate crashes and gather critical evidence to prove the fault of the other driver. Our lawyers also negotiate with insurance companies to help clients get compensated to the fullest extent.
We serve clients in Alvin, Houston, and Galveston. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-632-9404 to schedule your free case evaluation.