The Fourth of July holiday is next week, which means pool parties, fireworks displays and family BBQ’s will be taking place all over The Villages and the surrounding areas.

If you are planning on hosting your own Independence Day bash, make sure you are familiar with the list of potential consequences that could come along with not acting responsibly. This Fourth of July, keep your party free of any unnecessary accidents that could lead to an unwanted lawsuit.

Many Villages residents will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a few cocktails. However, did you know that proving alcohol to party guests could bring risk to you as a homeowner? If someone happens to drink too much/is over served and gets injured while attending your social gathering, the homeowner could possibly be liable. The same holds true if an intoxicated guest is involved in an accident on their drive home.

Under the theory of premises liability law, a homeowner that invites a guest over to their property for a party could be legally responsible for any damages should the guest become injured. This is important to remember so that you do not suffer any consequences from throwing a Fourth of July party.

Another very important tip to remember is that serving alcohol to minors could result in criminal charges and thousands of dollars in fines. This Fourth of July, and any other day of the year, never provide alcohol to someone who is underage.

fireworksWith that said, if you are throwing a party for the Fourth, you will likely provide alcoholic beverages to your guests who are of age. Just make sure that designated drivers are set in place. Remember if a guest from your party gets a DUI on their way home, you could possibly be responsible. If you are having a big party, it could be a good idea to contact a taxi service in advance to make sure your guests have a safe option to get home at the end of the night. Gently remind your guests of the consequences that come along with DUIs and always discourage them from driving with any amount of alcohol in their system.

Keep in mind, a lawsuit can be an even bigger headache than a hangover. So, be a responsible party host this Fourth of July. Should an unfortunate accident occur and you or someone else is injured, please do not hesitate to call a Villages Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton at 352-369-5334 or contact us online.

From our family to yours, have a safe and fun Fourth of July!