The 4th of July weekend is here. Independence Day means family barbecues, parades, times with friends, enjoying the beaches of the Jersey Shore or maybe all of the above for some New Jersey residents.

Of course, as New Jersey's top law firm for the seriously injured, we at Mintz & Geftic tend to look at the other things that also come along with the 4th of July; blowing things up, dangerous driving, drinking in the hot sun and maybe all of the above for some people in this case as well.

10 Dangerous Facts About the Fourth of July 

(Warning: the following list might be considered a buzzkill. Cue the Debbie Downer sound.)

  1. 230 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the 4th of July.
  2. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. Hospital emergency rooms during the calendar year of 2013.
  3. When it comes to fireworks-related injuries, the body part(s) most injured are the hands and fingers. Giants' fans know this all to well.
  4. The type of fireworks causing the most injuries are firecrackers, accounting for 20% of all fireworks-related injuries. Believe it or not, sparklers are a close second with 19%.
  5. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  6. Maybe not as surprising, men make up 74% of the people suffering from fireworks-related injuries on the 4th of July.
  7. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,900 reported fires, including 1200 structural fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires, culminating in 8 deaths, 40 injuries, and $32 million in property damage
  8.  The National Safety Council estimates indicate 466 people may be killed and an additional 53,600 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend.
  9. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been tracking car crash statistics for over 25 years, and they show that, on average, 51% of all fatal automobile accidents on the 4th of July are related to alcohol. This is more than any other holiday.
  10. An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th of July.

 

We had to finish with at least one fun fact to reward anyone that made it through that "cheerful" list.  

All of us at Mintz & Geftic wish you and your families a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury attorneys serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

 

Sources:

http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=126

http://www.medicalbag.com/grey-matter/fourth-of-july-injuries/article/472651/

https://www.cpsc.gov//Global/Research-and-Statistics/Injury-Statistics/Fuel-Lighters-and-Fireworks/2013FireworksReport.pdf

 

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Cheap gas prices and a reasonably robust economic climate are among the reasons that the 2016 Memorial Day weekend is shaping up as one of the busiest—and most dangerous—holidays in recent years. (Brad Tuttle, money.com)

As we begin this exciting Memorial Day weekend, many of us are looking forward to barbecues, pool parties or maybe even some time at the beach. For those of you planning to hit the New Jersey Turnpike , Garden State Parkway or other New Jersey roadways on this holiday weekend, there are some important things that drivers need to be aware of.

As New Jersey's car accident lawyers, we at Mintz & Geftic know all too well that holiday weekends tend to bring about some of the most hazardous conditions we ever see on the roads. Unfortunately, reports are indicating that this Memorial Day Weekend will be no exception.

Whether it's car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents or pedestrian accidents, drivers need to be alert this Memorial Day weekend to help keep their families safe.

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Here's some interesting items we've come across regarding motor vehicle accidents on Memorial Day weekend. Please take note of these and remember to put down the cellphone!

1. A new report by the National Safety Council estimates that 439 Americans will be killed on the road this Memorial Day weekend, the highest number since 2009 and about 100 more than in 2014. (The final number for 2015 is not yet known.) Another 50,500 will be seriously injured, the report predicts.

2. The new report estimated that 104 of the 439 traffic fatalities could be avoided if everyone wore their seat belt.

3. AAA estimates that about 91 percent of New Jersey travelers expect to make their way by car, for a total of about 872,000 people, up 2 percent from last year. Nationally, 38 million will travel by automobile (dailyrecord.com).

4. Booze is a big factor; 44 percent of all traffic fatalities that occur over Memorial Day are alcohol-related (yahoo.com).

5. Texting behind the wheel is the behavior most likely to induce road rage from fellow motorists, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Expedia. Tailgaters and left-lane hogs tied for second place in terms of aggravating people on the roads (time.com).

Elizabeth, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

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Saturday, 13 February 2016 19:00

Valentine's Day Lawsuits

 

Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
And Valentine’s Day is a Time People Sue

Valentine’s Day is a day where many people like to share their love.  Whether it’s with a significant other, their children or just a good friend, people often exchange greetings and gifts. Of course, to a number of husbands and boyfriends out there; the day also represents another mark on the calendar that can ultimately lead to the doghouse if not handled properly.

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In the recent case of Hersh v. County of Morris, the New Jersey Supreme Court considered the issues of whether a plaintiff who was injured while crossing a public street as she walked from a private garage, where she had employer-paid parking, to her office a few blocks away was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

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The New Jersey Supreme Court decided last week in the case of Renner v. AT&T that a Workers’ Compensation claimant is not entitled to compensation for a cardiovascular injury, disease or death, unless the claimant can show that the cardiovascular injury resulted from a work effort or strain involving a substantial condition or event.  This case has broad ramifications for New Jersey workers who suffer injuries such as heart attacks or pulmonary embolisms at work and seek workers’ compensation benefits for those injuries.

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