As summer gets underway, many people in the Chicago area are making plans to celebrate the 4th of July. This is often a highlight of the season with parades, carnivals, barbecues, and concerts. Unfortunately, with these celebrations also comes the risk of injury in traffic accidents.
The 4th of July is already one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. This is partly because the number of drivers increases, as many people have the day off work and may be traveling over the weekend. In addition, many people choose to celebrate our nation’s independence by drinking alcoholic beverages with family and friends. Statistics indicate that 47 percent of fatal traffic accidents on July 4th involved one or more drivers who were over the legal limit for alcohol.
Anyone who causes injuries or death because of drunk driving should be held fully accountable for their actions. This not only includes facing criminal charges but also being held financially liable for the losses of the crash victims in a personal injury claim.
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Injuries are Also Common
Just as the number of drivers increases over this holiday weekend, so does the number of people who are out and about on foot or on a bicycle. This increases the risk that a driver will crash into someone who is walking or riding a bike.
The injuries from pedestrian or bicycle accidents are often severe and can change your life, both physically and financially. It is important to learn about your rights as a 4th of July accident victim from an attorney who has experience in handling these severe injury cases.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago for Help Today
At the law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C., our Chicago accident and injury lawyers are here to help you if you are injured this summer. We have the resources and experience to handle even the most serious personal injury cases, so please contact us at 312-924-7575 for a free consultation to discuss your situation.