The Fourth of July weekend can be a wonderful time to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends. While many of us will take the day off to barbecue and spend the day by the pool, Las Vegas is will be busier than ever. With an estimated 300,000 guests expected to visit Las Vegas this Independence Day, it is important to remember to stay safe on the road. Every year, there are hundreds of injuries on Fourth of July, many of them the result of drunk drivers.
Statistics show that Independence Day is particularly dangerous
Why is the 4th of July a dangerous weekend to be on the road? Well, let’s consider two statistics. The first is that an estimated 44 million people travel every Fourth of July weekend, many of which, as high as 85% of them, will travel by car. The second, according to Wallethub.com, is that the Fourth of July is the biggest holiday for beer and wine. A reported $1.5 Billion are spent on beer for Independence Day. This overshadows both St. Patrick’s Day and New Year Eve in terms of alcohol consumption.
Drinking and driving never mixes, and as many know, even one drink is too many. Unfortunately, many reckless drivers do drive under the influence and put others at risk. Each year there are 466 people killed in car crashes every Fourth of July. In 2016, there were 188 recorded deaths involving a driver with a BAC over the legal limit of 0.08 on the Fourth of July.
What to do if you are in a car crash?
While staying off the roads entirely may not be realistic, it is always important to drive safely and to be aware of other cars around you. If you find yourself in a car crash this Fourth of July, contact Eric Blank injury Attorneys. We can help you navigate the complexities that arise from auto accidents. Please remember never to drink and drive and call a ride-share in the event that you do.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend from Eric Blank Injury Attorneys.
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Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is never acceptable and always avoidable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicular collision with a driver who was under the influence, please do not hesitate to contact the auto injury attorneys at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys.