2015 was the worst year for firework injuries on the 4th of July weekend, in at least 15 years, according to a report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Eleven people died in 2015 using fireworks, the report said, and an estimated 11,900 people were taken to the hospital with fireworks-related injuries. About 67 percent of those injuries occurred in the 30 days before and after July Fourth celebrations, a sobering reminder as this year's holiday approaches.
Not only are firework accidents on the rise but the number of fatal car crashes over the Fourth of July weekend are as well. According to Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, "Fourth of July is the worst day of the year for fatal car crashes." In fact, "40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk driving over the Fourth of July weekend," says the Institute. There are nearly 200 traffic deaths over the four-ish days of the holiday across the country.
These statistics indicate just how important it is to drive safely over the crowded holiday weekend. With kids out of school and families on the roads heading to the beach and other vacation destinations, the risks of being involved in a serious Virginia car accident increase greatly. It’s important to be patient when out on busy roads and avoid any dangerous distractions. By following speed limits and other posted laws you will increase your chance of arriving safely.Losing a loved one in an accident is one of the worst things a family can experience. If you have a family member who was killed in a car accident then you may have legal rights to compensation. The personal injury lawyers at our firm have prepared an article for families going through this terrible trauma. You can view this article, which describes the process of researching your options in a Virginia wrongful death case, here