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Does the Fourth of July Bring More Accidents?

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday enjoyed and celebrated by many Americans. It is a day celebrated with barbecues, parades, various outdoor activities, and, of course, fireworks.

However, these festivities come with an increased risk of accidents, especially in Florida, where the hot summer weather and a surge in revelry lead to more accidents. Let’s delve into the most common accidents that happen on the Fourth of July.


Car Accidents

More Accidents

The AAA estimates that approximately 37.5 million people drive over 50 miles or more during the Fourth of July week. Consequently, many motor vehicle accidents are common during this time, with more than 200 fatalities reported nationwide each year during the Fourth of July holiday. The accidents are mostly attributed to speed and drunk driving.

Over the Fourth of July holiday, many people are driving to meet up with family and friends for cookouts or parades and fireworks displays, and in most cases, are in a rush to get there. With so many cars on the roads during the holiday, plus the rush of drivers trying to get to their destinations in time, the risk of car crashes significantly increases.

Drunk driving is another reason for more car crashes happening on the Fourth of July. Most people enjoy some beer, wine, or cocktails during the holiday. While indulging in some alcohol is not bad, the problem comes when some revelers get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Drunk driving is a major reason for car accidents, generally, and especially over the Fourth of July weekend.

Drivers must adhere to speed limits, especially during the holiday. Additionally, if you partake in alcohol or other impairing substances, ensure you have a designated driver or use rideshare services.

Cooking Fires

Cookouts and barbecues are quintessential Fourth of July activities. Unfortunately, when grilling safety measures are not followed, the cooking can get out of control leading to fires that can cause severe injuries.

Many fire hazards may also arise from bonfires or open fires that spread beyond the designated area.  Ensure your grilling area is away from flammable materials, and do not leave the grill unattended. Also, have a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case.

Boating Accidents

We are in the middle of summer, and most Floridians prefer going out on their boat during the Fourth of July holiday. Whether you would like to explore Florida’s numerous waterways, such as the rivers, lakes, or the Atlantic Ocean, it is essential to exercise much caution, especially during the Fourth of July holiday.

The U. S Coast Guard reports that alcohol is the main cause of fatal boating accidents, contributing to boating-related accidents. When boats are operated by someone intoxicated or who recklessly drives the vessel, the risk of accidents and injuries greatly increases. Always designate a sober driver and ensure all passengers wear life jackets.

Swimming Pool Accidents

In Florida, the Fourth of July involves numerous pool parties. While enjoying some fun in the water, the risk of accidents such as slips and falls and drownings, especially among young children, increases. This can lead to injuries to areas such as the spine and neck and even death. Constant adult supervision of children in or around the water and learning CPR can help prevent swimming pool accidents.

Firework Accidents

Fireworks are a staple for the Fourth of July celebration, but they pose significant risks if mishandled. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people, mostly children and teens, suffered head, hands, arms, and legs injuries while using consumer fireworks. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) latest statistics show that 10,200 fireworks-related injuries were reported in 2022.

In Florida, residents without proper legal fireworks permits can only buy or sell sparklers, per Florida Statute 791.013. When handling fireworks, first ensure they are legal in your area. Secondly, keep a bucket of water nearby, and finally, keep a safe distance when lighting and never try to relight a “dud” firework. Sometimes, it is even better to attend the city’s public firework displays rather than setting off the fireworks at home, which can lead to devastating accidents.

The Team at the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff is Here to Help

While we wish everyone to have fun on the Fourth of July, enjoying responsibly and safely is crucial. In the unfortunate event that you got injured due to someone else’s negligence in Vero Beach, Florida, over the holiday, the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff are here to help. Contact us today at (772) 492-8967 to schedule a free consultation.

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