The official 2013 Independence Day Holiday period begins tomorrow, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at six o’clock in the evening and continues through midnight on Sunday, July 7, 2013.
Independence Day offers Americans the opportunity to reflect and celebrate our country’s history, spend time with friends and loved ones, enjoy barbeques, and watch fireworks. Unfortunately some 4th of July activities do have safety hazards that come along with the fun. Millions of people hit the road to travel to a destination, enjoy putting on fireworks displays, and spend lots of time outdoors.
The National Safety Council urges people to wear seat belts: NSC predicts 106 lives this holiday can be saved if seat belts are being used. Additional suggestions include:
- Refrain from using cell phones while driving
- Put your cell phone on silent or in the glove box to avoid temptation
- Safely pull over and put the vehicle in park to take or make a call
- Make sure every passenger is wearing his or her safety belt before you begin your drive
- Have children sit in the back and use the proper child safety seat or booster seat
- Never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, especially during hot weather
- If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver.
Each year, there are about 200 people who wind up in an emergency room every day during the month around the Fourth of July. When you’ve been injured in some type of motor vehicle accident, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and all alone in your fight to set things right. Most people don’t know where to start, who to talk to or what to say. Most people can’t get the insurance company to listen. And when you’ve lost a family member because of another’s negligence, it becomes even easier to lose hope. There is no easy quick guide to show you how to find all the parties responsible for your injuries or how to coordinate and get the most benefits you need out of their insurance companies and sometimes even your own.
Be careful out there over this Fourth of July Holiday as you drive the local roads and highways — while these statistics may prove accurate, take precautions to make sure you and your loved ones are safe. Don’t let it happen to you. Be safe and have fun out there. And if you’re unfortunately involved in an Independence Day Holiday crash, then remember your legal rights and claims in a traffic accident.
Happy Fourth of July!