To ensure a safe and fun Fourth of July, Louisiana residents need to first of all know what the most common hazards are. For example, those who are planning a barbecue probably know that undercooked meat contains salmonella and other bacteria. Those who are having a party around a swimming pool or lake will want to supervise children and provide life jackets when necessary.
Fireworks accidents are also frequent during the Independence Day holiday period. The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission has stated that many injure their hands and fingers by mishandling fireworks. Malfunctioning fireworks may go off when unexpected, and those who are too close may suffer burns to their head, face and ears.
Last but not least, the roads become more dangerous. Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both state that July 4th is the worst day for fatal car crashes. Alcohol intoxication between June 30 and July 4 is to blame for about 40 percent of all highway deaths in America in that period between 2007 and 2011. Annually, about 200 traffic deaths take place during the same roughly five-day period.AAA estimates that this year, 37.5 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from their homes. With more people on the road taking possibly unfamiliar routes, this can increase the risk for crashes.
When the victims of car accidents caused by another motorist's negligence incur injuries, emotional trauma and medical and other expenses, they can consult with a lawyer about filing an injury claim. The lawyer can take on the case and seek a settlement with the at-fault driver's insurer. If the offer is inadequate, litigation might be necessary.