WVU Medicine sees an increased number of injuries during 4th of July weekend

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine said the weekend of July 4th is of concern with an increased number of accidents, and this year was no different.

Alison Wilson, MD

“We see an increase in trauma every year,” said Alison Wilson, MD, WVU Medicine Critical Care and the chair and division director of the Trauma Institute. “In the past three months there has been a national trend towards record high trauma rates. We think it has to do with people being out more this year due to last year’s bans.

The National Security Council (NSC) estimates 482 people could die on US roads during the Independence Day holidays. Holidays are traditionally a travel time for families in the United States. Many choose road trips, which have the highest death rate of any major mode of transport, based on deaths per passenger mile. Holidays are also often the occasion for celebrations involving alcohol consumption, a leading cause of car accidents.

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Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th. Independence Day holidays vary between 1.25 and 4.25 days, depending on which day of the week the holiday falls. In 2021, the public holiday falls on a Sunday, so the holiday on Independence Day is 3.25 days and extends from Friday, July 2, 6:00 p.m. to Monday, July 5, 11:59 p.m.

On the opening page Holidays you will find a list of holiday periods and their definitions.

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National Security Council estimate

Every estimate is fraught with uncertainties. The 90% confidence interval for estimating the number of deaths on this holiday is 396 to 577. This confidence interval cannot account for the rapid changes in lifestyle and modes of transport that are currently occurring in the wake of the country’s reopening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 recovery on social activities, this year’s estimate is adding more uncertainty.

This graph shows the estimates of the death toll on the holiday of NSC Independence Day and the confidence intervals compared to the actual number of deaths. Since the vacation is between 1.25 and 4.25 days long, the death toll during vacation fluctuates greatly from year to year.

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