Celebrating Independence Day is an American tradition that involves family, friends, food, and fun. And for some of us, this fun includes consuming alcohol. While it’s well-known that even our founding fathers brewed and enjoyed their own beer and spirits, there’s one thing they didn’t have to worry about in those simpler times – an automobile accident due to a DUI.
A Tragic Tradition
Sadly, and all too often, the festivities of Independence Day turn tragic on the nation’s roads. In fact, this American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.
Over the 4th of July holiday period in 2016 (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6),
- 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28% increase from 2015 (146 fatalities).
- Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.
At the Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka, we’re the premier Burlington County workers’ compensation lawyer, and we want you to celebrate safety this year. By following a few guidelines, you can enjoy all the festivities and excitement that Independence Day has to offer without the worry of a drunk-driving accident.
If you decide to have a few alcoholic beverages during the revelry, DO NOT DRIVE. These days, there are so many other options that it doesn’t make sense to risk a DUI just because your judgment is impaired. You can designate a sober driver, use a car service like Uber or Lyft, or even take public transportation.
Either way, don’t risk the lives of the people around you for a couple of drinks. Be safe and make responsible decisions this 4th of July.
We’re There When You Need Us
Accidents can and do occur. If you’ve been in a collision, remember to relax and not panic. Write down any pertinent information, like insurance data, and consider seeking medical attention, even if you feel that your injuries are minor. Following that, immediately call the Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka and schedule a consultation with one of our expert attorneys.
Practice Swimmers’ Safety
All the events of summertime make it one of the best seasons for having fun, but always remember to be safe with everything you do. This goes for swimming in any pool, public or private, and in rivers, lakes, and oceans as well. Practicing proper swimming safety when around pools or bodies of water is essential to being proactive against drownings and other harm that can result from irresponsible swim habits.
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