The Fourth of July holiday is coming up, and that means a day of summer fun, barbecues, vacations, friends, and fireworks as we celebrate Independence Day! Every year, people all across the state of Florida choose their own unique way to celebrate this mid-summer holiday, and for many that involves their favorite beverages. Unfortunately, this also means July 4th is one of the heaviest drunk-driving days of the year, and that means a spike in accidents and car accident injuries.
This holiday, take a cue from our founding fathers and declare your independence—from injuries caused by auto accidents. Accidents from drunk driving injuries can be severe, and for many people these accidents occur on days like the Fourth of July where celebration is in the air and inhibitions are generally lower. What many people forget is that this doesn’t necessarily lower your risk of an accident.
Traditionally, the Fourth of July holiday is one of the deadliest days of the year for drunk driving accidents. If you want to avoid becoming one of these statistics, make sure you stay alert, stay sober, and exercise extra caution when driving.
Likewise, drinking and driving is also against the law, and being caught will lead to you being arrested and prosecuted for driving under the influence. Law enforcement are generally extra alert and have additional patrols out on the Fourth of July holiday, as well as the surrounding weekends to try and curtain the number of drunk drivers and keep the roads safer for everyone.
Stay Safe & Happy This Holiday!
What’s the easiest way to do so? Simple: never get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink. Whether it’s getting in the car to drive home, piloting your boat out on the water, or even jumping on an off-road ATV to tear up some back-country trails, they can all cause serious injuries if you’re involved in an accident. Likewise, it’s against the law to drive any of these vehicles while you’re drunk, and you will be arrested if you’re found by law enforcement.
If you’re going somewhere that you know alcohol will be present and you’ll most likely partake, consider arranging for an alternative method of transportation. Ride with a designated driver who won’t be drinking, take a taxi or rideshare to your destination, or plan on staying the night somewhere nearby so you don’t have to drive yourself home while intoxicated.
If you know that you will have to drive yourself home at some point, be sure to drink responsibly. Know your limit and stay within it, stop consuming alcohol well before you plan on leaving, and make sure you drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Involved in an Accident? Speak with a Legal Professional!
If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver and suffer serious injuries, it’s important to know that you have rights and may be entitled to compensation for your losses. By discussing your case with a qualified Martin County car accident lawyer, you can learn more about pursuing financial damages and develop a plan that protects your best interests.Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at (866) 675-4427 to request a case evaluation if you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries in a car accident.