Avoiding Preventable Accidents During Fourth of July Weekend

Avoiding Preventable Accidents During Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is nearly here and for many across Virginia, that means time for vacation, celebration, and parties. At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, we would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. We would also like to remind local residents about avoiding preventable accidents this holiday weekend.

As with many other holidays throughout the year, Fourth of July statistically sees an increase in the number of accidents, injuries, and hospital visits - many of which are preventable. If you have plans to enjoy the coming holiday weekend, make sure you and your family make safety a priority.

Below are some details about common accidents and injuries that occur around the Fourth of July, as well as some helpful tips on how to stay safe.

  • Car accidents - Throughout the country, car accidents increase substantially during Fourth of July weekend, often as a result of drunk driving. If you plan on drinking to celebrate the birth of our nation, please do so responsibly, designate a sober driver, or plan for a ride. Drunk driving is entirely preventable and law enforcement will be on high alert for intoxicated motorists this weekend.
  • Fireworks injuries - Fireworks are tradition when it comes to the Fourth of July. Still, many people who use fireworks irresponsibly often end up in the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. You should always make sure that you use fireworks in a safe area where it can’t hurt other people or damage nearby vehicles or property. Always make sure to supervise children and never attempt to relight duds or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
  • Grilling accidents - Grilling is customary for many people during the holiday weekend, and it’s important to remember that grills can cause serious injuries if not properly used. Protect yourself and others by supervising the grill when in use, exercising caution when using lighter fluid, and make sure grills are set up away from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Swimming pool accidents - If you have plans to enjoy a backyard pool party, be aware that pools pose many dangers, especially to young children. Always make sure kids are supervised in or around the water, be careful of people diving in shallow water, and be aware that drinking near or in the pool increases the risk of accidents.

Whatever your plans may be this weekend, it’s crucial that you take steps to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe. Remember, victims harmed by the negligence or carelessness of others do have legal rights, and our attorneys at The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC are always available to help victims and families in need.