As we gear up for another holiday filled with BBQs, beaches and brews, our hope is that everyone has an enjoyable but safe holiday weekend. Every year, serious injuries and deaths occur over the 4th of July weekend throughout the U.S. The majority of injuries that occur around Independence Day are caused by the following types of accidents:
- Car Crashes – The 4th of July is notorious for being one of the year’s worst days for travel. In fact, it was ranked as the deadliest day to be on the road from 2000 to 2013. With so much traffic and many people driving under the influence, it is important to remain extra cautious when getting behind the wheel.
- Fireworks – This comes to no surprise, as shooting off fireworks is one of the most popular ways to celebrate the 4th. We’ve all heard the news stories about accidents involving fireworks, resulting in serious hand or face injuries. However, in Florida did you know the only fireworks legal for use by residents who don’t possess the proper permits are sparklers? For more information, see Florida Statute 791.013 or visit the State Fire Marshal’s website for a full list of approved sparklers. And remember, alcohol and fireworks never mix.
- Boating – Living in Florida, many people choose to spend their holidays out on the water. While boating can be a fun and relaxing way to celebrate, alcohol is often a factor in boat crashes and drownings. Always designate a sober driver and have life jackets readily available, even if you consider yourself to be an experienced swimmer.
- Swimming Pools – Sadly, drowning is the leading cause of death in young children as well as a significant cause of death for medically frail elderly persons in Florida. Additionally neck, spinal and other injuries are common injuries that occur around swimming pools. You should always ensure there are enough adults supervising children or inexperienced swimmers, and make sure at least one person knows CPR. Keep in mind that in Florida, at least one pool safety feature (as specified in 515.25) such as an approved pool safety cover or exit alarm must be equipped in all new residential swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.
While we want everyone to enjoy the holiday, we also hope you choose to do so in a safe and responsible manner. In the unfortunate event you are injured this holiday weekend due to someone else’s negligence, The Ruth Law Team will be available to you. You can contact us 24/7 at (888) 783-8378 for any injury-related claims over the 4th of July. We will be happy to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Happy Independence Day!