Missouri Ranks 4th Highest for Fourth of July Weekend Traffic Fatalities in the U.S.
Fourth of July goes hand-in-hand with festive parades, delicious barbeques and sparkling fireworks. The summer holiday is also known for drinking. Unfortunately, when people choose to drink and drive, what should be a fun and festive holiday weekend could turn tragic in an instant.
Missouri Has Track Record of Fourth of July Car Accident Fatalities
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 20 fatal crashes in Missouri during the Independence Day Holiday from 2015-2017. Missouri had the second-highest rate of driver impairment during the holiday as 80% of the drivers involved in these crashes were under the influence.
Unfortunately, fatalities during this weekend are becoming a trend as there were a total of 81 traffic-related deaths in Missouri during Fourth of July weekend from 2008-2017. This makes our state the 4th deadliest in the country during the holiday weekend.
These statistics are startling and heartbreaking as the victims of these crashes were someone’s son or daughter, husband or wife or friend. Their lives should not have been taken.
How to Avoid Drunk Driving and Save Lives this Holiday Weekend
Drinking and driving is preventable, and with many options to stay safe, such as using a rideshare app or simply staying over a friend’s house, these accidents shouldn’t be happening.
Before heading out for Fourth of July festivities this week and weekend, it’s important to keep these vital tips in mind.
Have a Plan – Before going to a bar or picnic, choose a relative to be a designated driver or safely use a rideshare app to arrive to and from your destination.
Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk – If a friend has been drinking, do not let him or her drive home. Have them stay over if possible, use a rideshare service or call a responsible, sober adult to pick them up.
Call the Police – If you see a person swerving in and out of lanes who appears to be intoxicated, call the cops. You may save a life.
We hope that everyone has a fun and relaxing Fourth of July holiday. By keeping these important tips in mind, we hope everyone is safe traveling this weekend.
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If you or someone you love have been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, call the Kansas City Car Accident Lawyers at the Goss Law Firm at 816-888-5000 to speak about your situation for free.
When you call, an experienced lawyer will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and provide legal advice to help you during this difficult time. There is never a fee for the initial consultation. Our compassionate team is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you move forward with your life. Give us a call today.
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