Reducing Fourth of July Injuries in Alabama

Our Montgomery personal injury lawyers urge you and your family to have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. This year over the Fourth of July weekend, millions of Americans will hit the roads in search of fun. Some will go to cookouts, others will head to the beach, and most will cap off the night with a fireworks display. Whatever your plans, we would like to offer a few simple steps to help stay safe from some obvious and some hidden risks this holiday weekend.

One major risk when traveling over the holiday period is being involved in an alcohol-related car crash. It should come as no surprise that many people will drink alcohol while attending backyard barbeques and other festivities. Unfortunately, it should also come as no surprise that many of these people will get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.

While driving over the holiday weekend, you should be alert for intoxicated motorists. It helps to know some of the signs of drunk driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified a variety of things that will tell a police officer when a driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These signs include weaving, swerving, almost striking another vehicle or object, driving at least 10 miles under the posted limit, drifting, braking or accelerating for no apparent reason, slow response to traffic signals, driving without headlights at night, and driving in the opposite lane or wrong way on a one way street. If you see a driver exhibiting these behaviors, you should assume the person may be drunk and give yourself plenty of room between that vehicle and your own.

Another area of concern we would like to address this holiday weekend involves swimming pool injuries. If you are taking your family to a pool, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the signs of drowning, and watch over your children at all times. Hollywood would have us believe that when people are drowning, they will be splashing the water while frantically waiving their arms. The victim may even be screaming for help. In real life, a drowning person is often completely silent and making little or no movement of any kind. Many times, a person will be too mentally or physically tired to swim any further and will basically shut down from exhaustion. The person will stop breathing air and go into neurological distress from lack of oxygen to the brain. By the time anyone realizes something is wrong, it may be too late. While trained rescue professionals will often be able to recognize these signs in time to save the victim, many parents will not. It is important that parents learn to properly recognize when a child is drowning and be watching close enough to help the child before it is too late.

Call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a Montgomery personal injury lawyer.

Additional Resources:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Impaired Driver Information Webpage

More Blog Entries:

Drunk Driving Killing Innocent Motorists in Alabama, Sept. 20, 2013, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog

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