The 4th of July is a day for people all over Oklahoma to gather with friends and family in celebration of America's independence. For many people, that means barbecues, recreational activities and traveling.
Four driving risks to be aware of
If you're planning on traveling this 4th of July, it's important to be vigilant of the driving risks. The four most common driving risks on the 4th of July include:
- Drunk driving: Out of all major holidays, the 4th of July ranks No. 3 for drunk driving, according to ValuePenguin. Each year, there is an average of 307 drunk driving deaths. Moreover, about 38.5 percent of all crashes on the 4th of July are caused by drunk drivers.
- Speeding: When drivers are under the influence of alcohol or in a hurry to get to their destinations, they are more likely to speed.
- Traffic congestion: Traffic can get backed on up on the 4th of July as people across Oklahoma hit the road. The risk of a crash increases significantly when more drivers than usual share the same road.
- Aggressive driving: Traffic jams and congestion can aggravate a lot of drivers. Those with poor self-control on the road may be compelled to engage in aggressive driving and even road rage.
Tips on how to stay safe
When celebrating the 4th of July, it's important that you never let your guard down when traveling or celebrating. In order to stay safe, here are some tips:
- Don't drive drunk: If you plan on consuming alcohol, be sure to leave your keys at home, stay at a friend or family member's house, use a rideshare, or celebrate within walking distance.
- Don't let friends or family drive drunk: Be aware of any friends or family members who have had too much to drink and intervene if they intend to drive. If you're sober, be sure to offer them a ride home. If you are celebrating at your own home, you may offer to let a friend or family member spend the night.
- Be vigilant of drunk drivers: If you plan on driving home, be aware that you may encounter a drunk driver. Watch out for drivers who fail to stay within the lines of the road or appear to behave recklessly. Either keep a safe distance from them or simply pull over and let them pass.
What to do if you're involved in a crash
If you or a loved one is involved in a crash this 4th of July, don't hesitate to seek legal help. The Oklahoma car accident attorneys at Lawter & Associates Attorneys at Law PLLC will fight to hold reckless drivers accountable and help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.
We have law offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Fill out our contact form online to schedule your free and confidential case evaluation.