4th of July – A Family Holiday that can Cause Serious Injuries

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Independence Day celebrations are a tradition that millions of Americans look forward to each year. For many of us, the 4th of July means backyard barbecues with family and friends, food, drinks, and perhaps some fireworks. Unfortunately, there are many things about traditional 4th of July celebrations that can create a significant risk of accidents and injury. When accidents are caused by the negligence of other people, victims are often entitled to financial compensation under New Jersey law, so it is important for anyone hurt in a 4th of July accident to speak with a lawyer immediately. Below is some information about some of the risks associated with many 4th of July celebrations.

Drunk Drivers

Many 4th of July celebrations involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages at gatherings with family and friends, which means that is very likely that there will be more drunk drivers on the road than usual around the holiday. For this reason, it is extremely important to be as safe as possible when you are on the road. Do not drink and drive yourself and be sure to steer clear of any vehicles that you see driving erratically. If you suspect that a driver is a danger to him or herself or other people, call your local law enforcement agency and make a report.

Pool Injuries

The 4th of July is often one of the hottest days of the year, and many celebrations take place around a pool or a body of water. Make sure to practice proper swimming safety, supervise children, and remember that alcohol and swimming do not mix.


Fireworks are a traditional part of many Independence Day parties, but it is critical to remember that fireworks are dangerous explosives that have the potential to cause serious injuries including burns and hearing loss.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many community fireworks displays around New Jersey. If you feel that your celebration will not be complete without setting off fireworks of your own, it is important to be as safe as possible. Here are some safety tips issued by the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Make sure you are in compliance with the applicable law
  • Wear safety glasses
  • Never give children fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Do not drink while shooting fireworks

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If you are injured during an Independence Day celebration or at any other time, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and other losses. The best way to determine whether you will be able to file a claim is to have your case reviewed by an experienced personal injury lawyer. For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 for assistance.

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