Why is the Fourth of July the Most Dangerous Holiday?
Why is the Fourth of July the Most Dangerous Holiday?

The Fourth of July should be a fun-filled holiday celebrating our country’s independence. Unfortunately, the celebrations can often turn dangerous—so much so that the National Safety Council (NSC) has dubbed the Fourth of July as “the most dangerous holiday of the year.”

Why makes Independence Day a dangerous holiday? Take the combination of alcohol and driving that usually occurs over a big holiday, and add in fireworks, and you can see how the Fourth can end up being a dangerous day.

Firework Dangers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 9,600 fireworks-related injuries occurred during the Fourth of July holiday in 2011. Sadly, children are often the victims of these accidents. According to the NSC, children ages 10-14 are three times more likely to be injured by fireworks than the general population. One-third of these injuries come from small firecrackers. Roughly 20% come from bottle rockets and another 20% are from sparklers.

Drunk Driving Dangers

Impaired driving is also a significant safety concern during the Fourth of July holiday. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the Fourth of July is the worst day of the year for fatal car accidents. Drunk driving is responsible for a large portion of those fatal crashes. A shocking 40% of all highway deaths on the Fourth of July weekend between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk driving.

“We wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. Please prioritize the safety of yourself and others during your celebrations,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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