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July the 4th is considered to be one of the deadliest holidays in the United States. Thats probably not the first thing you were thinking of while planning your pool party, outing, vacation, fireworks, and overall family fun.
Over 30 million Americans are expected to hop in their cars and travel somewhere, even if just a short distance, this 4th of July. Of course, more likely than not, many of these travelers have a get together, pool party or bar-be-que at the end of their trip. In addition to just plain hanging out, the heat is sure to ensure that many will be drinking at least one cold beer. Unfortunately, many travelers after their get together, and maybe too many drinks will head home in their cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 40 % of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk driving over the Fourth of July weekend.
"Alcohol is a factor in a greater proportion of crash deaths on both July 4 and January 1. Forty-seven percent of the deaths on July 4 and 62 percent on January 1 involved at least one driver, pedestrian or bicyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08g/dL. The average across all days in these years was 35 percent for deaths in crashes involving alcohol." - National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
Fortunately, it doesn't have to be this way. Plan ahead. If you are going to be consuming alcohol make sure that there is a designated driver in place. Another solution ... use Uber or Lyft to make sure that you are not drinking and driving.
We hope that all of our friends and family have a great July the 4th, but we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy to enjoy July the 5th.
If for some reason you are a victim of a motor vehicle accident on July the 4th, call Olga Porven, P.A. for a free consultation. There may be many factors that can affect the outcome of your claim.