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Independence Day Driving Safety

By DiBella Law Offices on May 21, 2023

American flag against blue sky The Fourth of July is a time of celebration. Many of us take the time off to travel or party with friends and family. Unfortunately, this holiday is also a dangerous time on the road for drivers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 470 people die in car accidents during the Independence Day holiday and even more are injured. Continue reading for some tips on how to stay safe this Fourth of July.

Dangers on the Road

It is no secret that alcohol plays a big role in how people celebrate the Fourth of July. Drunk driving is one of the biggest dangers on the road during this holiday, but it is not the only danger.

These are some other dangers that could lead to accidents on the road:

  • Traffic: It is estimated that about 37.5 million people could be on the road throughout the country during the Independence Day holiday, increasing the chances of an accident.
  • Fatigued driving: When drivers are exhausted, their fatigue can be comparable to driving drunk. People often sacrifice sleep during a holiday to travel or pack.
  • Unfamiliar with the area or lost: When traveling, drivers are often unfamiliar with their surroundings. A driver who is unsure on the streets, highways, or rural roads may slow down randomly, travel the wrong way on one-way streets, or other dangerous driving conduct.

Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

If you plan on being on the road during the Fourth of July holiday, there are some tips you should keep in mind that could help you stay safe and prevent an accident:

  • Do not drink and drive: Drinking and driving could not only put you and other drivers in danger, but it could also lead to a DUI that could severely impact your life and future. If you plan on drinking, use a rideshare service or ask a friend to be a designated driver.
  • Avoid driving late: Even if you are sober, driving late at night on Independence Day is dangerous since that is when more inebriated drivers are on the road.
  • Keep your eyes on the road: During the Fourth of July holiday, fireworks could go off at all hours of the day and night and they could be distracting. If you see fireworks while driving, keep your eyes on the road, or pull over somewhere safe to watch.
  • Look out for pedestrians: People will likely walk around outside to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July and, when it is dark, it can be difficult to see them. Stay aware of your surroundings and look out for pedestrians.

Other Fourth of July Safety Tips

There are other dangers we should be aware of during the Fourth of July, including grilling accidents, boating accidents, and firework accidents.

These tips could help you stay safe:

  • Before grilling, be sure to inspect your grill hose for leaks, holes, and cracks.
  • Make sure your children are always far from the grill.
  • Do not grill indoors or in any other enclosed areas.
  • Do not grill near any structure, trees, or equipment that could catch fire.
  • Do not drink alcohol while operating a boat.
  • Make sure you have life preservers for all the passengers on your boat.
  • Never make your own fireworks.
  • Never point fireworks or sparklers at others or yourself.
  • If you plan on using fireworks, keep a portable fire extinguisher nearby.
  • If you have young children, make sure you keep them hydrated and bring enough water for outdoor gatherings.
  • Be aware of any signs that your children may be overheating and bring them indoors immediately.

Talk to an Experienced Methuen Personal Injury Attorney Today!

If you are injured in an accident during the Fourth of July holiday that was caused by another person’s negligent actions, the team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. could help you. Our Methuen personal injury lawyer is dedicated to helping accident victims and could provide the knowledgeable legal advice you need to navigate your case.

Call us today at (978) 327-5140 for a free consultation.

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