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Summer Safety Series: Fourth of July Brings a Higher Risk for Car Crashes

Fourth of July Brings a Higher Risk for Car Crashes

Fourth of July, or Independence Day, brings celebrations, fireworks, and family barbecues across the country; however, it also brings an increased risk for car crashes. According to the United States Department of Transportation, there were 2,228 traffic crash fatalities during the Fourth of July holiday period from 2018 to 2022. Amidst this joyous holiday season, it is important to stay informed and protect yourself, your loved ones, and community by staying informed and practicing heightened road safety measures during one of the most dangerous holidays in terms of car accidents.  

Why Are There More Car Accidents During the Fourth of July Weekend?  

There are more car crashes on and around the Fourth of July for a variety of reasons. Of course, there is an increase in traffic during the holiday weekend. The roads are congested as people travel to and from festivities. Additionally, many of the Independence Day gatherings and events feature alcohol, which leads to a spike in impaired driving.  

In addition to alcohol and heavy traffic, distracted driving also rises during the holiday season. People engage with their phones, are preoccupied with the excitement of the day, or are focused on their GPS or fireworks, which causes sudden stops and swerves – making the roads more perilous for everyone. Fatigue is also a contributing factor to the dangerous roads during the long weekend. After lengthy days of traveling, increased activity, and long hours of celebrations – from early morning parades to late night firework displays, and extra time in the sun – tired drivers are more likely to make mistakes, increasing the risk of distracted driving accidents. 

How Can You Help Keep the Roads Safe During the Holiday Weekend? 

Help Keep the Roads Safe During the Holiday Weekend

To combat the various factors that make the Fourth of July a hazardous holiday for people on the roadways, several proactive measures can be taken to ensure a safer experience for everyone on the roads. 

  • Plan ahead for travel by avoiding peak times and using navigation apps to find less crowded routes can help mitigate heavy traffic. 
  • Designate a sober driver. 
  • Minimize your distractions; set up your GPS and review your route before starting, keep your phone out of reach, or encourage passengers to assist you with navigation.  
  • Schedule regular breaks during long trips, share driving responsibilities, and recognize signs of tiredness.  
  • Pull over to rest if necessary.  
  • Defensive driving is critical: maintain a safe distance and stay alert for unpredictable behavior from other drivers.  

Taking these steps can help combat the increased risks and avoid tragedy this Fourth of July.   

If You or a Loved One Is Seriously Injured, Contact a Car Crash Lawyer 

If You or a Loved One Is Seriously Injured, contact a car crash lawyer

Unfortunately, sometimes, despite how defensive your driving may be, car accidents due to someone’s negligent or reckless driving cannot be avoided. Many of our cases include car accidents, freeway crashes, pedestrian crashes, trucking crashes, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents, and other catastrophic crashes and injuries, as well as wrongful death. If you or a loved one are seriously injured or lose someone due to a traffic accident this summer season, our hearts go out to you.  

At Plakas Mannos, our dedicated team of car accident lawyers will work tirelessly to provide you with the answers and accountability you deserve. Be sure to act quickly to avoid losing valuable pieces of the story of your case forever. See why it’s important to hire a personal injury attorney after a car accident. Don't let valuable evidence slip away – reach out to us immediately to ensure that your future is safeguarded.  

Remember, Independence Day should be a time of joy and celebration, not tragedy. From all of us at Plakas Mannos, have a safe and happy Fourth of July! 



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