July 4th, 1776 is a day that forever changed the lives of colonial Americans.
In time, the Declaration of Independence propounded that day founded the
United States of America; our nation that now exceeds the boundaries of
North America. The courage and risk that our country’s forefathers
displayed has indeed changed the world.
It is therefore an important date to celebrate. Imagining an American who
would disagree with such is hard to fathom.
When the 4th of July is celebrated each year, the festivities are big,
long, and loud. Firework displays is how it’s done – we all
know this. These displays are held by villages, towns, and cities all
across the nation. Experienced firework professionals handle the task
and local fire departments keep onlookers safe if danger arises.
Of course, however, many private citizens purchase fireworks on their own
and celebrate their own way. In some states, it is perfectly legal to
set off fireworks without proper authorization. Others have restrictions.
In New York, some fireworks are legal, others are not, and the difference
can be marked by varying laws from county to county.
Experienced Kingston, New York personal injury attorneys encourage the
residents of New York to leave firework use to trained and permitted professionals.
Celebrating our country’s independence is fun, but not when people
get hurt. Fireworks hurt over ten thousand people each year, and young
children are at the highest risk for injury. Readers of this post should
follow safety precautions to make sure they are not on the victim list.
One such safety precaution is not allowing children to use fireworks at
all or at least not allowing such use unsupervised.
Experienced Kingston personal injury attorneys also know that firework accidents are only one among many ways in which
people are injured on Independence Day. Citizens are also injured by drunk
drivers, distracted drivers, and in boating accidents.
Drunk driving is nothing short of an epidemic around the 4th of July. Multiyear
research studies have shown that almost 800 people were killed around
that holiday within a five-year period. This means that almost half of
the roadway deaths around Independence Day are caused by drunk drivers.
Since a large portion of the decedents are not the impaired driver, it
is important to give advise beyond the typically don’t drink and
drive routine. To be sure, such a message is important, but it is also
important to tell drunk driving accident victims that they have rights.
Specifically, New York laws empower these victims to sue their wrongdoer
in a court of law to hold the offending party accountable for negligence.
The number of people killed in alcohol related crashes can exceed ten thousand
in any given calendar year. Such a number might not be surprising to some
people. What might be surprising is that over three thousand roadway annual
fatalities are traced to distracted driving.
All New York roadway users should note that it is illegal to use a cell
phone or other portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.
It is simple, cell phone use while driving takes one’s eyes off
the road, hands off the wheel, and distracts one’s mind. It is a
simple recipe for disaster.
Another way disaster plays out on the 4th of July is through boating accidents.
Many people like to celebrate Independence Day while on local and regional
lakes. From their boat’s deck onlookers watch firework explode overhead.
It is a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday. However, sometimes the fun
gets out of hand.
Too many captains pilot their crafts under the influence of alcohol. Too
many are inexperienced or too young to responsibly operate a watercraft.
Other times, alcohol use is absent, inexperience is not an issue, but
the lack of adequate safety devices is a problem.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. See what our clients are saying about
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successful results. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to
contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878), or by using the
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