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Fourth of July Can Mean Increased Chance of Auto Accidents in Florida

American flagThe Fourth of July can be a time of great fun with family and friends. People typically get together to barbecue, spend time with one another, and watch firework displays. The celebrations often require people to drive. Many families go on road trips to meet up with loved ones. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July weekend is statistically one of the deadliest times to get behind the wheel. If you or someone close to you is injured in an accident over the holiday weekend, it is important to speak to a skilled Miami attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

You may be surprised to learn that by some estimates, about 40 percent of all DUI traffic fatalities take place on the Fourth of July weekend. (Drunk driving kills approximately 10,000 people each year overall.)

In a more recent study conducted by Value Penguin that ranked all of the major holidays by their potential for a fatal crash, the Fourth of July weekend ranked in third place. Memorial Day weekend took first place, and Labor Day weekend took second place on the list. The data is based on numbers from between 2011 and 2015. While Memorial Day weekend was the deadliest weekend, the Fourth of July was the single most dangerous day of the year for people to be on the road.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident on the Fourth of July or on the holiday weekend, you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party through a negligence claim. Negligence occurs when a driver causes an injury by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent driver in the same situation would have used. Negligence can also take place through an omission, which is a failure to act when there is a duty to do so.

Florida follows the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, which apportions relative fault among all of the parties involved. Under the doctrine, a plaintiff’s compensation will be limited by his or her amount of negligence. Thus, if a plaintiff’s conduct is deemed to be 20 percent negligent, he or she will only be able to take home 80 percent of the total award. Consider the following example:  the defendant was intoxicated and caused the accident, but the accident was made worse because the plaintiff was driving 20 miles above the speed limit. In such a scenario, the plaintiff’s recovery may be limited by his or her share of fault.

It is important to note that boating accidents and pedestrian accidents may also be more likely to result on the Fourth of July.

Just because it is a holiday doesn’t mean people should disregard the rules of the road. It is imperative for individuals to drive safely, but unfortunately this does not always happen. If you sustain injuries on the Fourth of July weekend, you should not delay in reaching out to a seasoned Miami car accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to seeking the justice and compensation that victims deserve for their harm. We can help you understand your legal rights and options if you call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.

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