According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the 4th of July holiday weekend is the most dangerous holiday weekend of the year for Americans. The NSC estimated that about 385 people would die and 41,200 people would be injured this year. Auto accidents, swimming accidents, and fireworks accidents are blamed as the leading causes of Independence Day injuries and deaths.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety statistics between 2008 and 2012 show an average of 127 auto accident deaths on July 4th, higher than even New Years Day (122). July 3rd and July 5th aren’t much better. Lots of drivers on the roads and higher rates of drunk driving contribute to the high rate of car crashes on Independence Day.
Fireworks accidents are also prevalent. In 2013, eight people were killed and 11,400 people were injured as a result of fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fireworks injuries usually cause hand and finger injuries (36%), but injuries to the head (22%) and eyes (16%) are also too common.
The CPSC reports that other, miscellaneous injuries also increase during the July 4th holiday. Bicycle crashes, swimming accidents, and even injuries from playing basketball outpace accidents from fireworks.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident as a result of someone’s negligence this past holiday weekend, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free consultation at (800) 333-0000.