Were you involved in a car accident over the Fourth of July? If so, you are certainly not alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that the Fourth of July is almost always one of the top days of the year for car crashes. That is based on data from roughly the last 25 years.
The biggest single cause is alcohol. It is linked to about 51 percent of all fatal accidents on the holiday. While people may enjoy getting together to have backyard barbeques and crack open a few beers, it is clear that this laid-back summer holiday increases the risks on the road.
You cannot always avoid these risks. Holidays also mean an increase in travel for many people, as they gather with friends and family members. Even if you had nothing to drink on your own, that does not protect you from having a drunk driver run a stop sign and slam into the side of your car. When the statistics consistently increase like this on any single day, it shows that everyone is at risk.
The Fourth of July is supposed to be one of the best days of the summer. Children and adults alike look forward to it. When you get involved in a serious car accident, it can do much more than ruin your holiday. It can land you in the hospital with serious injuries, getting expensive medical treatment and losing wages after the holiday ends and you cannot return to work.
If this happens, it is important to understand all of the legal options you may have after a car crash for seeking financial compensation.