Most people think the winter months, especially in the northern climates such as Wisconsin, are the months in which accidents happen. However, according to the National Safety Council, the deadliest holiday this year will likely be the 4th of July. This is often times due to a combination of alcohol and explosives meaning that many people will be seriously injured if not killed in automobile and fireworks accidents.
For example, in 2012, the National Safety Council estimated 173 traffic deaths and 17,300 serious traffic accident injuries during the 4th of July holiday.
Also, the CPSC reported that there were an average of 200 hospital visits, per day, with firework related injuries. ABC News reported in 2013 that 18,000 fires with $32,000,000 in property damage were caused by firework related accidents. Finally, the National Fire Protection Association reported 8,000 visits to the emergency room during the 2013 4th of July holiday season.
First and foremost, be careful. Do not combine alcohol with fireworks or driving. If you are with friends and family do not let them set off fireworks if they have been drinking and certainly do not let them drink and drive or get in a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.
Again, 4th of July can be great fun but also very dangerous! Be careful, be smart and be observant to your surroundings. You can still have a great deal of fun while being safe.
Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are accidents do happen. If you or a loved one are injured by fireworks and/or automobile accidents please contact me for a no cost, no obligation consultation. We take these cases on a contingency fee basis so there is never any costs unless and until there is a recovery.
In the Madison area call (608) 824-8540, in the Baraboo area (608) 356-3961, statewide call (866) 455-2993, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website at https://khtlawyers.com for more information.