With the Fourth of July just a matter of weeks away, many of us Hoosiers are eagerly looking forward to celebrating our nation’s independence with friends and family. Perhaps you are planning on having a backyard barbecue, lighting off some (legal) fireworks, taking your boat out on one of Indiana’s scenic lakes, or just hitting the town with friends. While these and other traditional Fourth of July activities are certainly fun, it is important to remember that the holiday also poses a risk of serious injury to everyone involved. Here are some of the things you can do to minimize your risk of injury this summer holiday.
Many Fourth of July parties involve the consumption of alcohol. If you are planning on drinking during the holiday, make alternative travel arrangements and leave your car at home. If you are going somewhere with a group, make sure that someone is designated as the sober driver or that you all agree that you’ll use an Uber or Taxi to get home or to your next destination.
Be Aware of Other Drivers
Unfortunately, just staying sober yourself does not eliminate your risk of involvement in a drunk driving accident. Other people may not be as responsible as you and get behind the wheel drunk or under the influence of drugs. As a result, you should stay alert and aware of your surroundings and give plenty of space to any vehicles that you see driving erratically. If you have a suspicion that a driver is drunk, alert your local law enforcement agency.
Have a Safe Barbecue
If you’re firing up the grill this Fourth, be sure to make sure that you and your guests are as safe as possible. Remember that grilling, while resulting in delicious food, also poses a burn and fire hazard. Some grilling safety tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) include the following:
- Charcoal and propane grills should only be used outside
- Keep your grill away from your home, deck, and not under branches or eaves
- Be sure to keep children and pets away from the grill
- Clean grease or fat build up from the trays or grill
- Never leave your grill unattended
In the event that you are injured in a Fourth of July accident, it is essential that you seek immediate medical attention—both for your own well-being and to protect your legal right to recover compensation.
Call the Law Office of William W. Hurst Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’re hurt this Fourth of July or have already been injured in a preventable accident, you should call our office immediately. Our lawyers offer completely free consultations where we will listen to your story and let you know whether we believe you can file a legal claim. In addition, should you choose us to represent you, we will not collect any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or award on your behalf. To schedule an appointment with a lawyer, call us today at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online.