The days around the Fourth of July are a great time to take a trip and have some fun as we celebrate the birth of our nation. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July is like many other holidays in that it can be a more dangerous time to be on the road. You can do your best to drive carefully and safely, and it is still possible to get into an accident. If you or a loved one do suffer injuries in a car accident over this holiday weekend, just know that a New York drunk driving accident lawyer from our firm is ready to fight for you.

Do More Car Accidents Happen on the Fourth of July?

The roads can be crowded with travelers on the Fourth of July and the days near it. This holiday is also a big one for barbecuing, gathering with friends, and drinking alcohol. This can cause an issue.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took a closer look at the Fourth of July holiday period, stretching from the years 2017 to 2021. Over that time, there were 1,460 drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes. Nearly 40 percent of them were driving under the influence.

People can underestimate the effect that alcohol has on them, They think that they are fine to drive because their BAC is not above the legal limit. Unfortunately, this is not always true and this hubris can lead to tragedies.

How Can I Stay Safer When Traveling on the Fourth of July?

You can do a few things to stay safer on the Fourth of July though. We recommend:

Having a DD: If you plan to drink, make sure that someone else is staying sober. They will be ready to get everyone home safely.

Avoid reckless drivers: If you see someone behaving recklessly or erratically, they could be driving under the influence. Keep your distance and alert the police if you get the chance to safely pull over.

Buckle up and drive safely: Do not rush, drive aggressively, or speed. Keep an eye on the road and make sure that you are sticking to your best driving habits.

Can I Sue for Damages If I Get Into an Accident?

If you still get into an accident and suffer injuries, you may think about pursuing compensation. An insurance company might offer you some money, but that is rarely enough to cover all of the expenses stemming from an accident. If someone else caused the crash and hurt you and your loved ones, you should sue for compensation that can cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • A loss of enjoyment
  • Pain from disability or disfigurement
  • Property damages

If someone else was to blame for your accident, they need to be held responsible. An experienced personal injury attorney from our firm can help you do that.

Reach Out to Our Law Firm

When you are ready to pursue compensation, we are ready to assist you. Contact Zlotolow & Associates, P.C. and schedule your free consultation. We would love to tell you more about how we can help you and your family in this difficult time.