When we think about the 4th of July, fireworks, BBQ's, America's independence, and celebrations with friends and family come to mind. Driving safety is one of the last things that come to mind.
Hundreds of traffic fatalities occur each year across the United States as a result of alcohol-related crashes. In fact, the 4th of July has been regarded as one of the most dangerous holidays for DUI-related crashes. ValuePenguin ranked it No. 3, with an average of more than 300 deaths per year, and a DUI-related crash rate of more than 38 percent.
Dangers of drunk driving
Like most major holidays, alcohol consumption is popular during 4th of July celebrations. The biggest danger drunk drivers pose to others on the road is the confidence they have in getting behind the wheel while impaired. Many drunk drivers are confident that they'll never get caught or cause someone else's injury or death.
According to NHTSA, those who drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 percent (the legal limit), often experience:
- Poor concentration
- Poor muscle coordination
- Short-term memory loss
- Impaired perception and judgment
- Loss of inhibition
- Impaired vision
- Inability to stay in lanes
- Reduced reaction time
Drivers are still at a greater risk of being involved in a crash when driving with a legal BAC level. For example:
- At a BAC of 0.02%: Drivers experience relaxation, some loss of judgment, and minor impairments to visual functioning.
- At a BAC of 0.05%: Drivers experience some loss of muscle control, impaired judgment, reduced coordination, reduced visual functioning, lessened inhibition and reduced alertness.
How can I stay safe this 4th of July?
Staying safe during the 4th of July requires planning ahead. If you plan on consuming alcohol be sure to:
- Have a sober, designated driver
- Summon a cab or rideshare service
- Celebrate at home or within walking distance
- Spend the night at a friend or relative's house, if you're able to
If you must drive during the 4th of July, be as defensive and aware as possible. Watch out for drivers who appear to be drunk or behaving erratically. Keep a safe distance from suspected drunk drivers and call the police if you happen to catch their license plate number.
Contact a Vancouver car accident attorney if you're hurt in a crash
In the event you or a loved one sustains injuries in a crash, don't hesitate to speak to an experienced Vancouver car accident attorney who can help you pursue justice.
The Scott Law Firm, PLLC can handle your case, gather supporting evidence and help you get compensated for medical costs and lost wages as well as pain and suffering.
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