Summer is a time of celebration in the United States with Memorial Day, Independence Day, reunions, and graduation parties taking place all over the country. Unfortunately, negligence in the festivities may lead people to be less vigilant about safety, as holiday and party accidents injure or kill thousands of Americans every year during the summer.
This past Fourth of July a New York man lost his arm in a home fireworks accident. The man was using a three-foot long metal tube for shooting out mortars. He was leaning over the tube to ignite a mortar when one shot out and hit him, taking off the man’s left arm from the shoulder. The fireworks he had been using were illegal and much more powerful than regular ones.
An Ohio teen recently drowned at a graduation party after he dove into a pond looking for a flotation device. His parents said he was not a good swimmer. In this case, it seems that it was just a tragic accident, as party attendees said there was no alcohol at the party. At many graduation parties, however, accidents often occur due to alcohol consumption (much of which by underage students) and poor judgment. If someone’s negligence has led to your or a family member’s injury, a Virginia personal injury attorney can explain to you what your rights are.
Summer parties should be a relaxing and safe time for everyone. Contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. if negligence and a disregard for safety have resulted in injury to you or a loved one.