California residents celebrate our nation’s freedom and founding with cookouts, parades, parties, and fireworks. While Independence Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, it does not come without its risks. With more people on the road than usual, the Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous times to drive. Understanding what types of car accidents are most common over the July 4th Weekend is vital to keeping yourself and passengers safe.
If you are in a car crash in California, contact Setareh Law. Our injury attorneys will launch a thorough investigation into the accident and determine if negligence played a role. If it did, we could help you pursue financial compensation for your accident-related expenses.
What Are the Most Common Car Crashes Over the Fourth of July?
With so many vehicles on the road, accidents are inevitable. However, crashes may result in severe injury or even death if another driver’s negligent actions caused the crash. Three of the most common car accidents over the Fourth of July Weekend are speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving. These accidents may cause severe injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or internal injuries.
People are often in a rush to get to cookouts and other events on the Fourth of July, which often results in speeding. Speeding vehicles take more time to come to complete and safe stops than those going at a reasonable speed. Drivers who speed also have less time to make decisions when encountering other vehicles, road hazards, or dangerous weather conditions. Furthermore, speeding vehicles are harder to control. Even the slightest movement can cause the driver to lose control, causing an accident.
If you encounter a speeding vehicle, it is best to let them pass. Purposefully slowing down in front of the vehicle may only anger the driver. Maintaining their speed is also dangerous, and you may cause a crash.
Drinking and Driving Crashes
Many people enjoy beer, wine, or cocktails on July 4th, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem is that too many people get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. California police officers arrested over 700 arrests for driving under the influence over 202’s Fourth of July Weekend, despite being in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 812 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period between 2014 and 2018.
When driving this July 4th Weekend, be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Drunk drivers often swerve between lanes and have erratic braking patterns. They may also take a wide turn suddenly or illegally. They also have a slower response time to traffic signals. If you notice any of these signs, keep your distance. When possible, report the vehicle to local law enforcement.
Distracted Driving Collisions
Distracted driving is already a significant problem in California. However, contrary to popular belief, distracted driving is much more than texting behind the wheel. It can also be eating, changing the radio, adjusting the GPS, or interacting with passengers. During the Fourth of July Weekend, drivers may also be distracted by fireworks. The problem with distracted driving is that it either takes the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off driving. Doing this for even a second can have severe consequences. Distracted drivers often have the same signs as drunk drivers, so do your best to avoid these vehicles.
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If you were in a car accident in California, contact the car accident attorneys at Setareh Law. We have extensive experience handling car accident cases and dedicate ourselves to holding the negligent parties accountable for their actions. In addition to investigating your accident, we will also analyze evidence, negotiate with insurers. If necessary, we will take your case to trial and aggressively represent and protect your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call (310) 659-1826 or complete our contact form.