July 4th: A Time for Celebration and Safety to Avoid Suffering Personal Injury


June 27, 2013

The Fourth of July is now only days away, so many people in Atlanta and the surrounding areas are making plans and purchasing party supplies.  Whether you are planning to host a barbecue at your home, attend a fireworks show or attend a party, there are always people that are injured during celebrations of Independence Day.  We encourage those who are planning to partake in these activities to memorialize the holiday to make safety a priority.  Our Atlanta personal injury law firm has been providing legal representation to victims of negligent conduct for over 30 years, so we have provided a number of safety suggestions to reduce the risk that your red, white and blue celebration will end in a severe injury:

Be Responsible with Alcohol: Whether you are going boating or driving a car, it is important never to drink and drive.  According to an analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) FARS data reported on the MADD website, an alcohol-impaired driver injures someone every ninety seconds.  If you will be attending a function away from your home where alcohol is present, we encourage you to bring a designated driver or arrange a ride home.

Exercise Caution with Fireworks: The safest option usually involves attending a professionally supervised fireworks display, which is often sponsored by local municipalities.  We urge people to be extremely cautious in handling pyrotechnics because even sparklers can reach a temperature of 2,000 degrees according to a spokesman from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).  Our Fulton County personal injury attorneys also encourage parents to keep fireworks away from their children to avoid injury. 

Monitor Your Children: Fourth of July can be a very tempting time for kids to engage in behavior that can be unsafe including igniting extremely hazardous illegal fireworks or using other forms of pyrotechnics in an unsafe fashion.  Kids may also be tempted to load up the car with friends for an outing despite restrictions on the ability of newly licensed teen drivers to transport passengers.  A study of almost 200 teen drivers that were involved in collisions caused by driving distractions revealed that 71 percent of males and 47 percent of females were distracted by the action of a passenger, according to the published results in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

If you or your child is injured while celebrating the July 4th holiday, you may have the right to pursue a claim for financial compensation.  When you are injured on the premises of another person, the homeowner may be liable depending on the circumstances and facts.  Those injured on public property may have to comply with special requirements and deadlines when seeking compensation from the government entity.  It is important to seek prompt legal advice so that experienced personal injury attorneys can review your case and investigate whether you have a valid legal claim.

If you or a family member has suffered personal injury on the Fourth of July, our experienced Atlanta accident injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333).  You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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