Many Americans celebrate our nation’s freedom on the Fourth of July. However, you don’t need to be a patriot (or a citizen, for that matter) to appreciate a day off work, fireworks and various party invites.
You have the right to celebrate as you see fit. You also have a responsibility not to harm others around you.
Proposed traffic risks
Driving is inherently dangerous, with alcohol consumption often adding insult to injury – quite literally. The anticipated death toll for this year’s holiday weekend exceeds 480 lives, according to the National Safety Council.
Nearly 40% of drivers killed in Fourth of July motor vehicle accidents during previous years were drunk. Yet, alcohol-related fatalities are preventable.
Taking steps to minimize the chances of a motor vehicle accident doesn’t have to ruin your fun. In fact, wisdom could help protect your freedom.
You need not accept others’ negligence
You already know it’s unsafe, and illegal, to drink and drive. Designate a sober driver before your festivities begin, or utilize a ride-sharing service so you won’t feel tempted to get behind the wheel. Additionally:
- Call 911 if you suspect another driver is impaired
- Provide non-alcoholic choices for sober drivers to enjoy
- Allow friends to stay at your place or find them an alternative ride home
There is a legal right to hold others accountable when they fail to consider your safety. The unfortunate reality is that no matter how hard you try to protect yourself, serious accidents remain a possibility.
Be sure to explore your financial recovery options if you suffer injuries this July Fourth. You probably agree your independence is worth a fight.