Phoenix is the perfect place to party on the Fourth of July. Fireworks, live music, food festivals and local bars offer plenty of ways to celebrate American independence.

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Unfortunately, July Fourth is one of the deadliest holidays of the year. The National Safety Council reported 498 traffic deaths in 2019 on this holiday. If you want to survive Independence Day unscathed, it is critical that you take steps to avoid drunk drivers, burns from fireworks and other July Fourth hazards.

If the worst happens and you suffer an injury due to another person’s negligence on Independence Day, contact the Rudolph & Hammond law firm. A car accident attorney in Scottsdale will gather evidence, structure your claim, handle settlement negotiations, and litigate your case if it goes to trial.

We have more than 30 years of combined experience protecting the rights of the injured. Call 480-951-9700 to schedule a consultation.

Until then, read on to learn seven ways to keep your friends and family safe on July Fourth:

If you are going out on the Fourth of July:

  1. Designate a sober driver before you leave for the event.
  2. Moderate your alcohol consumption.
  3. Drink water between alcoholic beverages.
  4. Do not ride with a drunk driver.
  5. If you do not have a designated driver, then take a taxi, use a rideshare service, or rent a hotel room.
  6. Do not let friends or family drive drunk.
  7. Wear your seatbelt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing a seatbelt reduces your risk of crash-related injuries or death by nearly half.

If you are hosting a party on the Fourth of July:

  1. Before the event, make sure each guest has a designated sober driver. If you have non-drinking friends, ask them to help. You should also write down the phone numbers of taxi companies in Phoenix.
  2. Provide enough food for everyone attending your party, along with a sufficient supply of water and alcohol-free beverages.
  3. Drive guests yourself if you plan to stay sober. Do not let people drive drunk.
  4. Encourage guests to drink in moderation and to consume water between alcoholic beverages.
  5. Stop serving alcohol one to two hours before the party ends.
  6. If a friend insists on driving, do not be confrontational. Explain the risks, and if that does not work, then try to take his or her keys.
  7. Do not allow children anywhere near your alcohol supply.

If you suffer an injury due to a drunk, distracted or otherwise negligent driver on July Fourth, contact the Rudolph & Hammond Law Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and noneconomic damages. Call 480-951-9700 to schedule a consultation.

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