The 4th of July is only weeks away. For many Texans, that means fun with family and friends, barbecuing, boating and fireworks.
It should come as no surprise that the 4th of July is one of the most dangerous driving days of the year. That may be due to more cars on the road, more incidents of drunk driving, aggressive driving, speeding and distracted driving.
One of the most dangerous driving holidays
In 2019, the National Safety Council estimated 565 traffic fatalities during the 4th of July. This is only an estimate, since the true statistics have yet to be released. From 2013-2017 the number of actual deaths on 4th of July was lower than the estimates.
According to insurance marketplace site ValuePenguin, an average of more than 300 fatal crashes occur on 4th of July each year across the United States. This makes it the 3rd deadliest holiday for driving. Roughly 38.5 percent of all crashes on that day involve a drunk driver.
Drunk drivers often don't believe that they will get caught or be involved in a crash. Alcohol consumption results in:
- Impaired judgment
- Loss of physical coordination
- Reduced reaction time
- Released inhibition, leading to speeding and aggressive driving
While police will likely amp up their efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road, many will go undetected. Even those with blood alcohol concentration levels below the legal limit of .08 percent are still at a greater risk of causing a crash than sober drivers.
Ways to stay safe this 4th of July
First and foremost, never get in a car with someone who has had too much to drink. Also, if any friends or family plan on driving after consuming too much alcohol, don't hesitate to intervene.
If you plan on driving, be sure to drive defensively. Even though you may not drive under the influence alcohol, you must be aware of other drivers who do. Do your best to maintain a safe distance between your car and other cars on the road.
If another driver appears to be impaired, is swerving, traveling at a dangerous speed or behaving recklessly, it's best to pull over and get out of the way. If you're able to catch the driver's license plate, you may call the police. Doing so could save someone else's life.
What to do if you're injured in a crash this 4th of July
Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash this 4th of July, it's critical that you consult with an experienced Laredo, Texas car accident attorney.
John R. Solis represents injured crash victims and fights to maximize their compensation. To find out how he can help you, fill out the online contact form or call 1-866-465-9093 and schedule your free case evaluation.