What to Know About Fourth of July Drunk Driving Accidents

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What to Know About Fourth of July Drunk Driving Accidents

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation’s independence and enjoy the summer festivities. However, it is also a time when drunk driving accidents spike, putting many lives at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2019, and nearly 40% of those fatalities occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you need to know your rights and options. Please continue reading and reach out to a dedicated NYC personal injury lawyer from the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to learn more about Fourth of July drunk driving accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one.

The Best Way to Avoid a Drunk Driving Accident

The best way to avoid a drunk driving accident is to never drink and drive. If you plan to drink alcohol during the Fourth of July celebrations, make sure you have a designated driver, use a rideshare service, or take public transportation. You can also host or attend parties at home or nearby locations, and limit your alcohol intake. Additionally, you should be aware of the signs of impaired driving, such as weaving, swerving, speeding, tailgating, or running red lights. If you see a suspected drunk driver on the road, keep a safe distance and call 911 to report them. Unfortunately, however, taking these steps isn’t always enough to avoid a drunk driving accident. Drunk drivers are often erratic and will seemingly come out of nowhere and strike unsuspecting motorists as a result. If you’ve been hurt as a result of a drunk driver, the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny is here to help.

Important Steps to Take After a Drunk Driving Accident

If you are involved in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. However, you need to act quickly and wisely to protect your rights and interests. Here are some steps you should take after a drunk driving accident:

  • Call 911 and report the accident. Wait for the police and paramedics to arrive and cooperate with them.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you feel fine, you may have hidden injuries that need treatment. Follow your doctor’s instructions and keep all your medical records and bills.
  • Exchange information with the other driver and any witnesses. Get their names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, insurance information, and driver’s license numbers.
  • Take pictures and videos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, the road conditions, and your injuries.
  • Do not admit fault or apologize for the accident. Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company or sign any documents without consulting an attorney.
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you investigate the accident, gather evidence, negotiate with the insurance company, and file a lawsuit if necessary.

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