When you think about the Fourth of July, you most likely think about family barbeques, swimming, fun in the sun, and an evening of watching fireworks displays. However, when first responders and local authorities prepare for Independence Day, they consider the many safety hazards people face every year on that holiday.
Among the most common injuries and accidents that occur on the Fourth of July are:
Fireworks accidents. Most everyone is familiar with the danger of fireworks on Independence Day – and yet hundreds of these accidents continue to take place every year, and many involve children. Fireworks injuries may include burns, amputations, or death.
Parade accidents. Just this year, a boy was killed in an Independence Day parade when he fell off of a float and then was accidentally run over by another vehicle. These accidents are all too common, and everyone should be aware of the dangers that are associated with parades when they participate or attend.
Pedestrian accidents. Many families are out and about on the Fourth of July, whether vacationing, walking to view fireworks, or simply getting out in the sun. Unfortunately, this also means that the day sees more than its share of pedestrian accidents.
Drunk driving accidents. Like many major holidays, celebrating on the Fourth of July may involve alcohol, with some people overindulging. This means that the number of traffic accidents involving drunk drivers spikes on Independence Day and also on its closest weekend. If you decide to drink, make sure you have a safe way to get home; and if you are a designated driver, make sure you are aware of possible inebriated drivers on the road.
Boating accidents. For many, the Fourth of July means going out for the day on a nearby body of water to experience a fun time with friends and family. But each year, serious boating accidents occur – many resulting in drowning victims – which are often caused by a combination of drinking alcohol while boating. Be sure that you review boating safety guidelines before embarking and have a designated driver for your boat.
Fourth of July accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that can change your life – and your family’s life – forever. If you or a loved one have been involved in such an accident, it is important to review how the injury took place and discover who was at fault. To schedule a free consultation with a Seattle injury attorney, contact Andrew Kim today, toll free at 800.636.3676.