It is not all hot dogs, cold drinks and dazzling fireworks to celebrate America’s independence. While the fun and festivities are what we all look forward to, regrettably the Fourth of July has consistently ranked as the single deadliest American holiday, according to research and reports from multiple sources, for years.
What makes the Fourth of July so particularly dangerous? Some of the suspected culprits behind the increased number of injuries are: fireworks (explosives), alcohol, and driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimated that as many as 164 people may die from driving accidents alone and as many as an additional 18,600 could be seriously injured this year.
As it is the day after the holiday, the exact number of injuries is not yet known. But the estimate highlights the danger and increased risk of injury that is involved.
Unfortunately, the projections and historical data show that the holiday is only becoming more dangerous. The NSC also reports that 2016 saw a 14% increase in roadway deaths from accidental or preventable causes. That is the largest jump between two years in over fifty years. The estimated number of injuries and deaths continues to grow year after year.
“By sharing these estimates, the National Safety Council hopes to highlight the importance of being a safe, sober and attentive driver so that everyone can safely celebrate this July 4 holiday,” NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said.
The increased level of risk does not go away when the fireworks stop, unfortunately. The day after, July 5th, is also considered one of the more dangerous and deadly days for being on the road, especially if the holiday falls on a weekend.
Outside of the risk on the roadways, there are a number of risks that seem apparently related to the holiday, but there are also some that are surprising. The more obvious injuries include fireworks mishandling accidents which can result in the serious injury and loss of hands, fingers, and other extremities. Some of the less obvious injuries that see increased reports include bicycle crashes, exercise equipment accidents, and swimming accidents.
Risks for boating accidents also increase along coasts and waterways. These are often popular for providing unobstructed views local fireworks displays. More and more people take to the waterways on the Fourth to enjoy the summer sun during the day and fireworks in the evening. This can lead to large numbers of boaters navigating the waterways at night after a long day on the water celebrating. Sadly, the increased congestion on the waterways multiplies and the presence of alcohol are a recipe for disaster. Regrettably this morning, reports are already coming in of individuals injured and killed in boating accidents from the holiday.
What should you do if you have been injured?
While you and your loved ones may have taken every precaution this holiday, you may still have suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of another. If this has unfortunately occurred, know that you do have legal rights.
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