Stay Safe This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate our nation with family and friends. It’s one of our favorite holidays in Florida. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous holidays, especially when it falls on a weekend like it does this year. There are always a significant number of injuries and even deaths due to the negligence of others. We have listed ways for you and your family to stay safe this Fourth of July.

Drunk Driving

Statistics show that the Fourth of July is one of the most deadly holidays thanks to drunk driving. Driving while under the influence is obviously illegal, but it is also negligent. Someone who gets behind the wheel while intoxicated is breaching their duty to other motorists to drive safely. As a result, they can be held liable for any injuries they cause by driving drunk.

And while it is likely that they will be charged with DUI and prosecuted for their actions, that doesn’t mean that you cannot pursue a personal injury claim. The criminal prosecution does not preclude pursuing a personal injury claim.

Fireworks

Fireworks and the Fourth of July are inseparable. Unfortunately, fireworks can also lead to serious injuries. They can detonate prematurely causing severe injuries to your hands, face, and other parts of your body. People can also be burned at displays by falling, burning debris. Fireworks can also start fires, causing significant property damage and risking the safety of others.

Here are our tips for enjoying the fireworks and staying safe this Fourth of July:
If you will be attending a fireworks display, avoid the temptation to get as close as possible. Don’t assume that you’re safe just because you’re in a designated viewing area.
Children and teens should never be left alone with fireworks. They should be supervised closely when fireworks are being used by an adult.
Purchase your fireworks from a reputable dealer, and understand what the products you are using are capable of.

Be aware that others may not be thinking about your safety or the safety of your children. Depending on the situation, they may be held liable for their negligence if you suffer an injury.

Water

For many people in Florida, the Fourth of July is best spent at the pool or at the beach. Anytime you are near water there is a risk of drowning, especially for children. Wherever you are, some advance consideration and planning can help prevent an accident:

  • Are their lifeguards where you are swimming?
  • Is there rescue or lifesaving equipment?
  • Are you familiar with the facility or the conditions?
  • Can you identify any potential hazards?

Obviously, swimming in lakes or the ocean presents many more potential hazards. Being aware of your surroundings and the potential risks can help you avoid injury this Fourth of July.

Boating

Boating is another popular pastime for the Fourth of July in Florida. Take a look at our Summer Boating blog post for more information.

Contact the Armour Law Group, Lake Nona Personal Injury Attorneys

By following these tips, hopefully, you will stay safe on the Fourth of July, but if not, the attorneys at the Armour Law Group can help you get the compensation you need to put your life back together. If you’ve been injured and don’t know what to do, contact us for a free consultation.