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What if I am Injured on the Fourth of July?

The Fourth of July is the biggest holiday of the summer and is the perfect time for travel, road trips, barbecues, boat rides, sparklers, and fireworks displays. However, there’s always a chance that things may go awry over the holiday and that you or someone you love could end up spending the holiday in a hospital emergency room – possibly as a result of someone else’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence.

If you have sustain injuries over the Fourth of July holiday in a motor vehicle accident, boating accident, or fireworks accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under Florida law. After sustaining injuries in any kind of accident, your top priority should be getting better and receiving the necessary medical treatment that you need to try and recover fully.

Your second priority should be retaining the services of an experienced Clearwater personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer will be able to streamline the legal process for you and focus on obtaining the monetary compensation that you need and deserve. This will allow you the time and energy to focus on getting better and fully recovering from your injuries.

Fourth of July Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Fourth of July is one of the biggest travel holidays of the year – and definitely the biggest travel holiday of the summer.

The good news is that this year, the Fourth of July falls close to the middle of the week, potentially reducing some of the traffic and congestion on the Fourth, as well as on the days leading up to and following it. The bad news, however, is that many Fourth of July drivers are still more interested in quickly arriving at the beach, barbecue, or wherever their final destination may be, rather than driving their vehicles carefully and prudently on the roadway.

If you are injured as a result of another driver’s negligence while on the roadway, you may be entitled to legal compensation under a negligence theory of recovery. In order to prove negligence, you must be able to successfully demonstrate that the defendant driver failed to act in a reasonably prudent manner for the conditions then-and-there existing, causing the accident which led to your personal injuries and damages. In the car accident context, negligence can take many forms including the following:

  • Drinking and driving (or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol), which may also be punished criminally
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding and other types of reckless driving
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Failing to obey traffic laws, signs, and traffic control devices

In order to obtain monetary recovery in a Fourth of July car accident case, an injured plaintiff must show that the defendant’s negligence brought about certain injuries and damages. The injuries sustained usually depend upon the seriousness of the accident and can range from soft tissue injuries to fractures, broken bones, and even death, in the worst cases.

An injured car accident plaintiff may be able to recover medical damages and lost wages, along with damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress.

Fourth of July Boating Accidents

The State of Florida, with its many canals, waterways, and close proximity to the ocean, is a hotbed for boating accidents. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is responsible for enforcing boating regulations in the State of Florida and for educating boat operators on the safe and responsible operation of their boats and other watercraft.

Although Florida has boating rules and regulations in place to promote safety for everyone on the water, not everyone obeys these rules and regulations, and when that happens, catastrophic accidents and injuries can occur.

Boat operators owe a duty to everyone else on the water to act as a reasonably prudent boat operator would act under the same or similar circumstances, and to obey all applicable Florida boating laws and regulations. Whenever a boat operator breaches this duty of care, and injuries and damages result, he or she can be subject to both criminal and/or civil liability. The most common examples of negligent boat operation in Florida include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Operating a boat in unauthorized areas
  • Operating a boat without the proper experience or training
  • Operating a boat without the proper license and/or registration

Boating under the influence – or BUI – is another leading cause of boating accidents in Florida, and a boat operator can be criminally charged and/or convicted of boating under the influence if he or she operates a watercraft in the state with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Besides being subject to criminal penalties, boat operators convicted of boating under the influence may also be held civilly liable for the boating accidents they cause, as well as for all of the resulting injuries and damages to those on board their watercraft.

Like motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents can result in serious – and sometimes catastrophic – injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and death, in the worst cases.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Products Liability Law

Fireworks, sparklers, Roman candles, and other similar devices are popular for the Fourth of July. Obviously, these products are dangerous and may cause serious burns and other injuries if they are used improperly. However, in some cases, a manufacturer or distributor may be deemed liable for personal injuries sustained from a defectively manufactured or designed product – or as a result of improper or inadequate warnings provided on or with the product. In order to recover monetary compensation, an injured plaintiff must also show that the defective product proximately resulted in certain injuries and damages.

Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

The Fourth of July should be a fun summer holiday for everyone involved. However, accidents and injuries are sometimes inevitable. Personal injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence can be very serious and can affect every aspect of a person’s life – from health to finances to qualify of life.

Our skilled personal injury attorneys will have the necessary legal expertise to negotiate with the insurance adjusters on your behalf and can help you to receive a fair value for your case via settlement, alternative dispute resolution, or trial.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, please call us today or contact us online.

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