A holiday enacted to celebrate the independence of the United States, the Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks, food, and fun. However, many people take this too far and may end up getting behind the wheel after having one too many drinks. This decision endangers the lives of many, as it increases the risk of a car accident. If you are the victim of this negligent choice, a Prince George’s County drunk driving accident lawyer can help you receive the justice you deserve. Keep reading to learn more about how this holiday can pose dangers.
Why Is the Fourth of July Dangerous for Drivers?
Because it’s a federal holiday, many people have off on the Fourth of July. As such, the number of people on the road will likely increase, as many will visit friends and family to celebrate. Because they are off from work, many choose to relax and enjoy a few drinks. However, this increases the probability that those celebrating will drive while intoxicated.
Unfortunately, studies show that the number of fatal accidents involving drunk drivers is nearly 10% higher during this holiday period as opposed to the annual average. Over a four-year period, just under 1,500 people were killed in accidents involving an intoxicated driver during the Fourth of July period.
What Injuries Can Occur?
When you are involved in a car accident, you’ll likely suffer a number of injuries as a result. Unfortunately, these can often be severe and life-altering.
Generally, those in a collision will experience the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spine injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Limb loss
It’s also important to understand that involvement in an accident and the subsequent injuries you experience can contribute to mental illnesses like insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.
What Should I Do if I’m Involved in an Accident?
If you are involved in a car accident on the Fourth of July, it’s important to proceed just as you would with any other collision. You should immediately call 911 to request emergency services and a police presence at the scene. If you believe the other driver is intoxicated, you can inform the operator. If the drunk driver seems aggressive, you should avoid interacting with them until the police arrive.
Be sure to document all injuries sustained and any damage to your vehicle. Keep all records, including a copy of the police report, your medical records, and photo evidence of the damage. This is necessary if you would like to pursue a lawsuit.
Finally, you’ll want to contact an experienced attorney from McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt. These injuries can have life-altering impacts on those injured, and we believe you deserve the compensation you are entitled to when a negligent party is responsible for your damages. Contact us today to learn how we can help you through this challenging time.