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Fireworks and drunk driving pose dangers on July 4th

Florida residents probably know that things can get hectic on holidays, but they may not know that the deadliest of all the nation’s holidays is the Fourth of July. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and Esurance, it is the single worst day for fatal car crashes. Between 2007 and 2011, drunk drivers caused 40 percent of all highway deaths between June 30 and July 4. The same five-day period also sees around 200 traffic deaths each year.

Alcohol intoxication is not the only thing that puts other drivers in danger. More drivers are on the roads during Independence Day, possibly taking routes that are less familiar to them than their commutes. This can lead to distracted driving and other risky behavior. AAA estimates that this year, 37.5 million Americans will be journeying 50 miles or more from their homes.

The holiday is also notorious for fireworks injuries. Mishandling fireworks as well as being careless around malfunctioning fireworks can result in burns to the head, face, ears, hands and fingers. Even serious eye injuries may result.

With the Fourth of July providing the perfect time for a barbecue, people are at risk of eating undercooked meat, which can contain salmonella and other bacteria. Drinking too much leads to alcohol poisoning. Finally, swimming accidents are all too frequent during this holiday.

Victims of auto accidents may be left with short- or long-term injuries as well as property damage, but they could file a claim if they were not to blame or were only partially at fault. It can take a lawyer, though, to prepare the case and negotiate for a settlement. Accident attorneys can even bring in third parties, like investigators, photographers and drug and alcohol experts, to prove the defendant’s negligence. They can also assist with litigation.

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