While Many Enjoy the 4th of July, It’s Still a Dangerous Holiday
The 4th of July is a beloved holiday for many Americans. Not only does it really signify that summer is underway, but it is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate community and the United States.
However, this busy holiday is also one of the most dangerous. Many people road trip for the fourth, and those who stick around town partake in barbecues, pool parties, boating, and other water activities. Often, alcohol is involved. While there is nothing wrong with celebrating and having a good time with your friends and family, it is important to be safe.
Why is the 4th of July So Dangerous?
As mentioned, many people travel for the holiday weekend, meaning there are more drivers on the road than usual. It is no secret that the Texas highways have become busier than ever, thanks in large part to an influx of people moving into the Lone Star State and the thriving economy. With more cars on the roads comes more accidents, unfortunately.
Car accidents often lead to some of the most serious injuries on the 4th of July, such as:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck or back injuries
- Bruises and scrapes
- Spinal cord injuries
Common Injuries from 4th of July Celebrations
In addition to car accidents, many other things can go wrong that may lead to injury. Because the 4th of July is a party holiday, many of the accidents that occur happen at residences. Deck, porch, or balcony collapses can cause serious injuries or death, which is why it is imperative homeowners inspect these structures prior to hosting a party. The last thing you want is a premises liability lawsuit on your hands.
The following are some of the most common injuries that can occur during or after 4th of July celebrations:
- Face, eye, or ear injuries – Fireworks are a huge part of 4th of July, but they are dangerous. Since they often shoot upwards, some of the most common injuries can affect the face and eyes. Others are left with chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions, retinal detachment, and trauma.
- Hand and finger injuries – Also related to fireworks, hand and finger injuries are quite common. These can occur when lighting a firework or picking up a firework after it has been set off. In many cases, people are left with serious tissue damage.
- Water accidents – For many people, the 4th of July is all about spending time on the water, whether at the lake, river, or a swimming pool. Unfortunately, water accidents are very common during this busy holiday. Drowning, spine and neck injuries, fractures, broken bones, and sprains are all common.
If you were injured in an auto, boating, biking, or motorcycle accident, or if you sustained a fireworks injury over the holiday, please contact Rad Law Firm. Our experienced Dallas personal injury lawyers have handled countless 4th of July accident cases and are prepared to do the same for you today.