While it may not be pleasant to think about, the Fourth of July is filled with all kinds of safety hazards. Drivers in New Mexico should especially be careful. Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both claim that the number of fatal car crashes reaches its peak on Independence Day. From 2007 to 2011, roughly 40 percent of all highway deaths in America were caused by drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period.

According to AAA’s estimates, this same five-day period will see about 37.5 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from their homes. Such an increase in traffic this year will mean an increase in crashes as many will possibly be distracted and traveling routes that are not as familiar as their usual commutes.

Unfortunately, the July Fourth risks extend off the roads. Anyone who plays with fireworks will risk burns and other debilitating injuries. Mishandling these explosives can injure the fingers and hands. In addition, approaching too closely to fireworks can burn the head, face, eyes and ears.

People should also be careful about what they consume while at Independence Day cookouts. Those who drink to excess, even if they don’t get behind the wheel, risk alcohol poisoning. Others may contract foodborne illness through undercooked meat.

The above are just the most common types of Fourth of July accidents. However, it’s safe to assume that the holiday gives rise to more car accident claims than premises liability or product liability claims. With auto insurance companies having to deal with so many cases, some victims may not have a good chance of being heard.

This is why legal assistance is important. A lawyer can hire professionals to uncover proof of negligence and handle all negotiations. As a last resort, the lawyer could even litigate.