This 4th of July Watch for Drunk Drivers
In an ideal world, getting ready for the Fourth of July would entail only buying more charcoal for the grill, checking the times of your local firework show, and maybe borrowing an extra cooler or two. Unfortunately, Louisianans need to be prepared for an often overlooked but deadly factor of this particular holiday: drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, drunk driving on Fourth of July weekend was the cause of 40 percent of all highway fatalities from 2007–2011. That is a sobering statistic we all need to be aware of while en route to meet friends and family over the holiday. It’s important to drive defensively, but you won’t always be able to see a drunk driver coming. When the worst happens, the best you can do is be prepared for the aftermath. Call 911 Car accidents involving drunk drivers are often some of the worst, even at lower speeds. In the immediate aftermath of a crash, make sure you and your passengers aren’t seriously injured. You may need to call for medical attention immediately. Regardless of the severity of injuries, call the police.
It’s always a good idea to contact authorities after a car crash; having a police report of the accident helps preserve the facts surrounding your insurance claim. But when you suspect the other driver was under the influence, getting police involved takes on an added layer of importance. By calling the police, you are doing your part to ensure that a reckless driver is taken off the road long term. Seek Medical Care Regardless of how you feel in the aftermath of an accident, you should seek the opinion of a medical professional. Many common injuries caused by car crashes are pernicious, taking time to manifest. And many chronic conditions can be mitigated or avoided entirely with the help of medical professionals. Hold the Driver Accountable The authorities will be able to handle the criminal aspects of an intoxicated driver, but you still have the right to hold them accountable for the harm they’ve done to you. This is where an expert Louisiana personal injury attorney can make a difference for you. An experienced lawyer, like those at Jones & Hill, will help you find the best path forward in pursuing your claim against this reckless driver.
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No matter where you stand on the great ketchup versus mustard debate, you’ll love these spicy, tangy, easy-to-make buffalo dogs. They’re the perfect way to elevate your Fourth of July cookout. Blue Cheese Buffalo Dogs and Celery Slaw
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1 package of your favorite hot dogs
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1 package hot dog buns
4 celery stalks, very thinly sliced
1 bottle Frank’s RedHot sauce 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
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1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
Celery salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1. For slaw, toss all ingredients together and season with celery salt and pepper. 2. Grill hot dogs and toast buns. 3. Assemble hot dogs, douse with hot sauce, and top with celery slaw. 4. Top with blue cheese, add another splash of hot sauce if you’re feeling extra spicy, and serve.
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