While Independence Day is a time for celebrating with family and friends,
it is also associated with a rise in serious car accidents. As
San Diego injury attorneys, we urge drivers to exercise caution on the roadways this holiday weekend.
In 2011, 34 people were killed in California traffic collisions during
the Fourth of July holiday (defined as July 3, at 6 p.m. and through July
4, at 11:59 p.m.). Nationwide, the statistics are also alarming. In 2011,
251 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the Fourth
of July holiday (which ran from 6 p.m., July 1, to 5:59 a.m., July 5),
according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Commission (NHTSA).
Tragically, many of these accidents could have been prevented by wearing
a seatbelt and designating a sober driver. “It is alarming to know
that more than 80 percent of the people who were killed in vehicle collisions
over the Independence Day holiday last year may have survived had they
taken the time to buckle up,” California Highway Patrol Commissioner
Joe Farrow stated.
Alcohol impairment also makes holiday driving more dangerous. According
to the NHTSA, 38 percent of the fatal Fourth of July crashes involved
at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration
of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. In California, the CHP made 1,562
arrests for driving under the influence.
Given the risks, we encourage our readers to buckle up, slow down and designate
a sober driver this Independence Day.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a
San Diego motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to contact a
San Diego personal injury attorney
at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.