Happy birthday, America!! It’s time to celebrate our freedom with family, friends, and fireworks! Many of us will spend time this holiday weekend basking in the warm summer sun while grilling out and having some cold drinks. Others will be traveling to the perfect vacation spot or to spend time with loved ones. Whatever you do, remember to be safe and celebrate responsibly.
The Fourth of July is the most dangerous American holiday weekend of the year, experts say, with deaths and injuries from fireworks, swimming accidents and car crashes. Research finds that the majority of deaths on and around Independence Day are from car accidents.
According to a study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute on June 28, 2016, Independence Day ranks highest in average daily crash deaths based on fatal crash data from the last five years.
Here are some key findings from the study:
Each year on the Independence Day holiday in the U.S., an average of 118.4 lives are lost in crashes, making it the most consistently deadly day of the year across the five-year study period. This is 28 more deaths than the overall average daily toll during 2010-14.
Independence Day is by far the deadliest for motorcyclists, with an average of 26 deaths. This compares to the daily average of 12.1 motorcyclist deaths during the study period.
Alcohol is a factor in a greater proportion of crash deaths on July 4th. Forty-seven percent of the deaths on July 4th involved at least one driver, pedestrian or bicyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08g/dL.
If you find yourself in involved in an unfortunate accident this holiday weekend, remember that Milles Law is here for you. Milles Law will review your case and help you receive your rightful compensation. Call Milles Law toll free at (855) 553-3310, or in Tallahassee call (855) 553-3310. Your Rights. Your Lawyer.