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Fourth of July: the Deadliest Day for Driving

Between the years 2000 and 2013, there were more fatalities as a result of auto accidents on July 4 than any other date over the same 14-year period. There are a few reasons why auto accident fatalities are so high on this date. It’s a holiday, and many people travel to parks or parades or fireworks displays, so there are more cars on the road. Furthermore, statistics tell us that many of the people involved in auto accidents on July 4 have been drinking.

Some of the precautions you should take to avoid auto accidents include:

  • Try to find Independence Day events that are walking distance from your house
  • If you do take a car, buckle your safety belt
  • Choose a designated driver if you are going to an event with alcohol
  • Don’t let friends drive drunk, and report drunk drivers to the police
  • Get home early: there are more drunk drivers later in the evening

Car accidents aren’t the only reason Independence Day can be deadly. Many people shoot off fireworks, which are generally cheaply made and can have product defects that lead to premature explosions. Even seemingly-harmless fireworks like sparklers burn at temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are injured in a car wreck or from a defective product, the attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates will take your case. As our case history shows, we have plenty of experience with personal injury cases in South Carolina, and we will do everything we can to make sure you get the ruling you deserve. We serve Columbia, Lexington, Camden, and the surrounding areas. Call us at 1-888-353-5513 for a free case evaluation.