The Fourth of July remains a popular holiday for people looking to enjoy summertime festivities. Texas is a massive state, one with coastal regions, metropolitan areas, and other places to have fun. The highway system makes holiday travel easy, but dangers come with July 4th motoring. Alcohol fits into many people’s leisure time, which means impaired drivers could take to the road.
America’s deadliest celebration day
Independence Day ranks as one of the most dangerous holidays for driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reveals that July brings a more significant number of fatal drunk driving crashes than any other month. The worst numbers often come on the 4th.
Preplanning could reduce those numbers, as responsible partygoers could opt not to drive. Rideshare services are popular in Texas and elsewhere, and many people take the holiday time off from their regular job to work for a rideshare service. These drivers help keep intoxicated people from taking to the wheel when under the influence.
Not everyone contacts friends, family, or rideshare services when drunk. Some believe they can handle the road under the influence, which may lead to tragic consequences.
Other concerns with the Fourth of July
July 4th means more people on the road, and many travel long distances to vacation destinations. Unfortunately, out-of-state drivers might not be familiar with Texas highways, causing them to make mistakes behind the wheel.
Others get so caught up in the “holiday spirit” that they spend more time paying attention to music files than the road. Distracted driving, like drunk driving, could lead to a motor vehicle accident. In addition, distractions might lead to not taking fundamental safety steps, such as using a turn signal or wearing a seat belt.
Persons hurt by another holiday driver’s negligent actions could speak to an attorney. The attorney might initiate a claim on the injured party’s behalf.