The Fourth of July is almost here, and people in Reno may already be planning their Independence Day celebrations. For many, this includes a party, complete with a cookout and fireworks. For some people, drinking alcohol is also part of their Independence Day celebrations. However, one survey has shown that the Fourth of July sees the most drunk driving fatalities.
The study examined the number of drunk driving accidents that took place on the Fourth of July from 2010 to 2017. During that period, there were 1,192 drunk driving fatalities across the nation. This is almost 90 more deaths than those that took place on Memorial Day weekend during those same years, the holiday that sees the second highest number of drunk driving deaths. In addition, in 2017 drunk driving deaths were 57% more apt to occur on Independence Day in comparison to other days during the summertime.
These numbers are troubling, as many people travel on the road during the Fourth of July holiday. If a person is struck by a drunk driver, they could experience significant injuries. In the worst of circumstances, they can even die due to their injuries. Drunk driving breaches a motorist’s duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances. If this breach actually and proximately causes another person to suffer damages, the drunk driver may be held responsible for the incident.
Each personal injury case based on a drunk driving accident is unique in its own way. Those who wish to pursue personal injury claims based on drunk driving accidents will want to get more information so that they can best determine how to proceed.