July Fourth was a dangerous day for Thomas Jefferson—he died on July 4, 1826. Unfortunately, he isn't alone. The National Safety Council has dubbed the date the “Most Dangerous Holiday of the Year."
That probably won't make it into the holiday card aisle at CVS anytime soon.
But to be honest, there's a lot of truth to the NSC's illustrious title. As an ER doctor, I know that working the holiday shift can be a real beast. July Fourth accidents are no joke, and the statistics will stop you in your tracks. For example, the NSC predicts there will be around 500 deaths this holiday weekend due to car accidents alone (and over 53,000 serious injuries).
I knew July Fourth was a busy day in the ER, but things get really real when you see those numbers. Just why is the weekend so dangerous? Here are the main factors I see—and how to keep your family safe: