Summer finally gets into full swing this week, as schools let out and the summer holiday seasons kicks off with Fathers Day and July 4th weekend right around the corner.
Add in the that almost all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, and you can expect some crowded roads and highways.
While June & July may be known for summer parties, long days at the beach and general summer fun – unfortunately it’s also the most dangerous time to be out on the roads.
In fact, experts have called the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day the “100 deadliest days” for driving-related crashes, especially as it relates to younger or new drivers. It was found they were three times as likely as experienced adult drivers to be involved in a deadly crash.
Specifically, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to alcohol-impaired accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018:
- 392 people lost their lives in traffic-related accidents over the holiday.
- 39 percent involved drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
- 80 percent of those fatal accidents occurred at night.
As the Fourth of July rapidly approaches, you should take the time to consider and appreciate the increased risks that are generally associated with the holiday. For many, it is a time to drink and party with their friends. Unfortunately, this puts you and your loved ones at risk.
Be part of the solution this summer by following these simple, time-tested tips.
- Plan ahead of time how you are going to get home.
- Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
- Call a taxi/Uber if you are impaired.
- Report any drunk drivers you see on the road to authorities.
- Don’t let any of your friends get behind the wheel if they have been drinking.
If you have been injured in an accident this summer, contact one of our experienced Bucks County attorneys at 215-642-2335.