What If I Get Injured in a Fourth of July Drunk Driving Accident?

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The Fourth of July is often a fun holiday, but our nation’s birthday can also be a dangerous time to drive. There are more people on the road, and some of them are driving under the influence. If you get injured in an accident on the Fourth of July or the days surrounding it, you may consider suing for compensation. A Darlington County, South Carolina drunk driving accident lawyer from our firm can help you.

Do More Accidents Happen on the Fourth of July?

The road can be more crowded on the Fourth of July, but the main safety hazard that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found is alcohol use. When the NHTSA evaluated data from the Fourth of July in the years between 2017 and 2021, they found that 1,460 drivers died in accidents. Of those 1,460 drivers, 38 percent were drunk.

How Can I Stay Safer on the Road?

If you do have to travel on the Fourth of July, you can be careful. Leave early so that you do not need to rush. Have a designated driver. And if you see someone driving erratically, find somewhere safe to pull over and call 911 to warn them about a potential drunk driver.

What Should I Do If I Get Into an Accident on the Fourth of July?

Despite your best efforts, you can still get into a car accident on the Fourth of July. If you get into a crash and believe that someone else was to blame, you may want to sue for compensation. You should take some actions after the crash to build your case and protect yourself. You can:

  • Call the cops to the scene
  • Take pictures of the scene
  • Take photos of any vehicle damage
  • Talk to eyewitnesses and get their contact information
  • Get whatever medical care that you need

Then it is time to talk to a personal injury lawyer from our firm. You might receive an offer from an insurance company, but those first offers are rarely enough money to cover all of the expenses stemming from the accident. Our law firm helps our clients fight for fair and reasonable compensation that can make up for:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • A loss of earning potential
  • Property damages
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering

How Long Do I Have to Sue for Compensation?

It is important to act quickly after an accident if you plan to pursue compensation. This can make it easier for your personal injury attorney to secure evidence that is needed to build your case. The state of South Carolina also has a statute of limitations when it comes to lawsuits like this. You have three years to begin legal action. Otherwise, you lose the chance to pursue compensation.

Speak to Our Personal Injury Lawyers

So if you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an accident, do not let the negligent party get away with it. Contact the James Law Office, LLC and schedule a consultation with our legal team. We can tell you more about what our attorneys can do to assist you.

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