Staying Safe on 4th of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is a time when our nation comes together to celebrate its birth. The Fourth of July weekend is a time when many people meet with family and friends to cook in their backyards and enjoy the nice weather. However, the Fourth of July weekend can be a dangerous time during the holiday weekend people tend to drink, shoot off fireworks, and there is an increase in traffic, all of which can lead to accidents and injuries.

Independence Day Accident Statistics

The Fourth of July weekend is a very heavily traveled holiday. Many people take advantage of the warm weather to go and visit family and friends. This means that there are more drivers on the road then there would normally be on the roads.  According to the National Safety Council, there are on average 37 percent more highway fatalities on July 4th than on any given July day.   Another agency that collects information about auto accidents is the American Automobile Association (AAA) which has estimated in the past few years that 41 million U.S. residents will take at least one trip during the Fourth of July weekend and that this trip will be on average 50 miles or longer. In addition to the length of the trips, over 35 million people all over the country will use an automobile as their primary mode of transportation.

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According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office in 2015 over the course of 78 hours, there were 11 fatal crashes claiming the lives of 12 people across Oklahoma.  In addition to the fatal car crashes, there were over 192 injuries to over 330 people. In total, there were 561 crashes reported and over 1334 people injured in Oklahoma from Friday, July 2, 2015, through Sunday, July 5, 2015.  In addition, there were 57 total crashes where there was some indication that the occupants were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Tips to Stay Safe Over the Holiday Weekend

Enjoy your holiday weekend; there is a lot to celebrate. Spending time with family and friends is a great way to enjoy this holiday weekend. However, even though it is a holiday it does not mean that there isn’t the potential that you or someone in your family will be injured. Follow these tips to best avoid injuries on the road and in your back yard this holiday weekend.

  • Avoid drinking and driving – driving while intoxicated is against the law in Oklahoma. The legal limit in Oklahoma for someone who is over the age of 21 is .08% BAC. However, even if you have a blood alcohol content under the legal limit you may still be charged with violating a traffic ordinance. In addition to the legality of it, drinking and driving is never a good idea. There are irrefutable studies and proof that all support that when you drink and drive your reaction time is inhibited and you are less able to make clear and rational decisions. The number one tip to avoid a car accident over the weekend is to avoid drinking and driving.
  • Be cautious with fireworksFireworks are engrained into Independence day and many people do not feel it is a proper holiday unless they see a grand fireworks display. Unfortunately, some people take matters into their own hands and try to set off fireworks themselves. This is never a wise decision and one that can lead to major injuries, not just to you, but to other around you who may be injured. In addition, even things like sparklers can pose a hazard to children and adults. Be cautious using fireworks and if at all possible leave it to the professionals.
  • Drive cautiously – In addition to making sure that you are in a good condition to drive, it is also important that you pay attention to others on the road who may not be in the best condition. Avoid distractions when you are driving such as texting, eating, or using any other hand-held device.

Common 4th of July Injuries

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By now you can tell that Independence Day weekend can be a dangerous time in addition to being a holiday. With all the people on the road, the alcohol, and firework displays there is always the possibility that someone is going to be injured. While car accidents are a major source of injury as noted above, there are other injuries that can happen. Our attorneys have experience handling.

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries – The brain is a vastly complex organ in the body and is susceptible to injuries particularly when there is an impact involving cars.
  • Broken bones – Broken and fractured bones are by far the most common injury when there is an automobile accident. An adult has over 200 bones in their body all of which have the potential of breaking or fracturing. Most breaks and fractures are caused by a sudden high force impact such as those experienced in a truck accident.  Fortunately, many breaks and fractures are minor, but other types of bone fractures can cause severe internal and external damage, require lengthy medical care and surgery, and may require the future use of assistive devices.
  • Burns – In addition to burns being common in a car accident, burn injuries are common injuries due to fireworks.

If you have been injured because of a car accident or at a fireworks display you may be able to recover some compensation for your injuries.

Seek Legal help from an Experienced Oklahoma Accident Lawyer

The Oklahoma City attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook will fight hard in pursuit of the greatest compensation possible for you and your loved ones. To start exploring your legal options in a free and completely private legal consultation, call our law offices right away at (405) 698-3040.