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July 4 is a deadly day for drivers

Driving in Florida can be hazardous at any time of the year, but the roads of the Sunshine State can be especially perilous during the summer months. Car accident fatalities soar during holiday weekends when the nation's roads are packed with vacationers and revelers, and government data suggests that human error plays a role in most of these deaths. More road users are killed on July 4 than on any other day of the year according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and claims analysis performed by Travelers reveals that more crashes take place on the first four days of July than during either the Memorial Day or Labor Day weekends.

A thriving economy and plummeting gas prices have caused traffic levels to surge, and more cars on the nation's highways mean that more road users will be killed or injured in car accidents caused by distracted, reckless or impaired drivers. While more traffic congestion will generally lead to an increase in accident rates, holiday weekends are even more dangerous because drunk driving and road rage are more common when drivers have attended parties or barbecues and their spirits are running high.

Motorists who wish to complete their July 4 journeys without incident may wish to plan their trips carefully to avoid accident hotspots, and they should also check that their tires are properly inflated and their brakes are functioning properly before setting out. However, experts say that drivers can best avoid accidents by foregoing alcohol, observing posted speed limits, keeping their eyes on the road ahead and fastening their seat belts.

Holiday revelers are often killed in the car crashes they cause, but this does not mean that accident victims are unable to pursue civil remedies. When a driver responsible for causing an accident is killed, personal injury attorneys could seek compensation from the at-fault motorist's estate.

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