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4th Of July Traffic: Four Factors That May Impact A Settlement Case

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The Fourth of July is an amazing celebration each year, but all of the festivities can have a big impact on traffic. The holiday is one of the busiest for travelers, and this can often lead to an increase in car accidents. If you've been involved in a car accident around the fourth of July, then there are several factors that may be impacting your case. If you are not at fault for the accident, then it's a good idea to seek legal help from a car accident attorney. An attorney can help break down the following four factors as it relates to your accident and get you a settlement for your injuries and trauma that were suffered. Each of these factors are key in determining liable parties and who to include in various settlement cases.

Redirected Traffic

The Fourth of July is a popular time for parades, block parties, and large events. When these events expand into the streets, traffic is often rerouted to another location. These traffic changes could have a big impact on the cause of your accident. For example, a parade traffic officer may have given another car misleading signals that led to the accident. Traffic signs may be mislabeled or placed in the wrong area, causing you to crash your vehicle. The parade itself may not have enough traffic signs for all of the different side streets. If this is the case, then you may have to brake hard or crash the vehicle if you accidentally pull out into the parade. By breaking down all of these different elements, an attorney can help you find a liable party for the incident. For example, the parade organizers may be held liable for improperly planning traffic issues for the event. By finding the liable party, a lawyer can build a strong case and get you a settlement that you deserve.

Over-Congested Areas

Fourth of July traffic can easily build up and become an issue on major highways, routes, or fourth of July event locations. In these areas, city and state traffic managers need to ensure that traffic moves smoothly without any issues. Broken stop lights, closed lanes, and construction sites can all lead to an increase in traffic dangers. If you're involved in a traffic accident, a lawyer can look into different road hazards and problems. One way to look at a case is to find similar cases around the same location as your accident. Many states showcase accident logs online and by comparing other accidents in the area, you may have more proof that the over-congestion and road conditions are the cause of the accident. Depending on where the accident occurred, your lawyer may seek a settlement from the state or city.

Parking Areas

Large events like a fireworks display can often draw huge crowds in areas where there is not enough parking. If this is the case, then you may have to navigate roads with cars parked on the side or possibly hanging into traffic. If one of these parked cars led to your accident, then an attorney may hold the owner of the vehicle liable for improper parking. Traffic cams and images from the accident scene can help prove your case and showcase how the parked cars impacted the moving traffic.

Personal Firework Displays

Giant firework displays are common and expected in areas on the Fourth of July. When these events are held, the people holding the event have the proper permits to host the display and traffic signs are often posted in the nearby areas. When someone decides to shoot off personal fireworks, it can create a distraction for drivers and lead to a possible accident. Without the proper permission to launch fireworks, the person can be held liable for the distraction and cause of the accident. If the fireworks were reported by other vehicles or authorities, it can help an attorney pinpoint the liable party and allow you to move forward with a settlement case.

The first step in getting a settlement is consulting with an attorney from a firm like Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC. They can give you legal advice and set up the next steps for moving forward with the case.