Today is a day to celebrate the independence of America. It’s an annual opportunity for all of us to gather, toast and celebrate the great American experiment. Sadly, it can also become a time when New Haven personal injuries arise because we do not celebrate as carefully as we should and therefore we get ourselves in situation where we can get hurt quite badly.
There are many different ways to celebrate this holiday. Many people will go to the beach. Some will go to cookouts at friends houses or host them in their own backyards. Some will spend the later evening at fireworks displays either hosted by the city they live in or by the neighbors who share space with them. No matter how you’re celebrating you should always do so safely and with an eye towards keeping yourself and those you are celebrating with free from injury while you’re enjoying a wonderful, fun filled day.
While there are a variety of ways to celebrate, there are some constants that you can keep in mind that may make it so that you cannot stay safe if you’re not careful. Making sure to keep these constants in mind will allow you to celebrate the holiday responsibly and without fear of getting hurt and causing damage to yourself or someone else after a fun night of activities. We’re going to go over four of these constants now so you can keep them in mind as you head out for your 4th of July celebration later today or tonight.
1.) Alcohol can cause you to become impaired. Whether you have one drink or ten drinks you can become impaired while drinking alcohol which can lead to slowed reaction times and blurred vision which are both things that can be dangerous when you’re celebrating the 4th of July. If your reaction times are slowed or you are experiencing blurred vision you should avoid big crowds and should absolutely never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve become impaired by alcohol.
2.) Pools and beaches can be drowning hazards, even for the most experienced swimmers among us. We know that there are risks associated with kids around swimming pools and beaches. We know this, to the point where adults are always keeping a close eye on these kids, but what about the dangers that pools and beaches present to adults. Especially on a day like the 4th of July these refreshing swimming spots can become crowded which can lead to you being put in dangerous situations. If you are not careful you could drown or be put in a perilous situation that could cause you to become injured.
3.) Fireworks are dangerous and illegal. It can be tempting to have a big fireworks display at your house or your neighbors house, but using fireworks is illegal and quite dangerous. Those who shoot off their own 4th of July fireworks are opening themselves up to injury if one of the fireworks backfires or for some other reason malfunctions. It is best in this situation to leave the fireworks displays up to the professionals and enjoy them from afar.
4.) Roads are crowded and can present serious dangers to you while you’re driving. If you can avoid getting into traffic on the 4th of July you should do so. Traffic can pick up early in the day and last all night and can be especially dangerous after fireworks displays have concluded and there may be people who are drowsy or drunk driving on the road. This should not be something that keeps you from celebrating, but if you can make plans to stay away from the most congested places in your community, you may want to do that so you can keep yourself and those you are with safe for the duration of the evening.
The first thing that pops into your mind regarding the 4th of July may not be the dangers that are presented that could lead to a New Haven personal injury case, but you should keep these things in the back of your mind. If you are aware of the dangers that are presented around you while you are celebrating, you can do your best to avoid them or participate in these activities safely and without fear of getting injured.
In the event that you do get injured you may need to speak with an attorney who has experience with these types of situations. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review your situation and work with you to protect your long-term interests.