AAA estimates that 37.5 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from their home during the Independence Day holiday period between June 30 and July 4. Arizona residents probably know that July 4 brings with it a higher risk for certain types of accidents. In fact, it is the deadliest holiday of the year according to Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The IIHS states that 40 percent of highway deaths each year occur because of drunk driving on the Fourth of July weekend. The weekend also sees over 200 traffic deaths annually. However, car crashes are not the only source of fatalities during the holiday.
Firework mishaps are another. The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission reports that burn injuries are the most common form of injury with the hands and fingers being especially affected followed by the head, face and ears. While such injuries are rarely fatal, they can be debilitating.
Those who celebrate the Fourth of July with drinking and barbecues are additionally at risk for alcohol and food poisoning. Food-borne illness can spread through undercooked meat. Swimming accidents are another issue to look out for; children, for example, should be monitored, and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets.
While negligence can be to blame for most of these accidents, it is normally with motor vehicle accidents that victims are eligible to file a claim. For a claim to be successful, victims need to show that the other driver was drunk, distracted or negligent in some other way. They also need to show that any negligence on their part was minor. A lawyer may be able to build up the claim with the help of third-party professionals and negotiate for an informal settlement with the auto insurance company.