Many people in the New Orleans area celebrate holidays such as the Fourth of July with a beer or two at a barbecue. However, when one or two becomes four or more, some people exercise poor judgment and decide to drive drunk. Not only are drunk drivers a danger to themselves, but they are a danger to all other drivers on the road.
According to a Value Penguin survey, Independence Day is the holiday that sees the greatest amount of drunk driving fatalities. In the eight-year period spanning from 2010 to 2017, the survey found that 1,192 individuals lost their lives in drunk driving crashes. In comparison, this was 87 more deaths than those that took place on Memorial Day weekend during the same eight years. In fact, drunk driving deaths were 57% more apt to take place during the Independence Day holiday than comparable days in the summertime.
When it comes to driving, truthfully no amount of alcohol is completely safe. Unfortunately, this Fourth of July will see its fair share of drunk driving accidents. Whether you are a coming home after the fireworks have ended or whether you happen to be an individual who has to drive on holidays for your job, you could be the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver.
If you work on the Fourth of July and are struck by a drunk driver on your commute or if you were simply driving home after celebrating safely with family, it goes without saying that the aftereffects of a drunk driving accident can be catastrophic. Not only may you be left with significant medical bills, but you may be unable to work for an extensive period of time, leaving you wondering how you will pay for your daily living expenses and provide for your family. Thus, if your injuries are caused by another person’s negligence, you may want to consider taking legal action.