New statistics show preventable injury is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a person dies in this country every four minutes from unintentional injury — the harm that results when mistakes or negligence lead to dangerous conditions on the road, at work or on the premises of others.
By the numbers, injury statistics look like this:
- Approximately 120,000 people per year die from accidental injury.
- While nine percent of injury-associated deaths are caused by homicide, or intentional injury, 67 percent of injury-related deaths in this country are unintentional.
- The leading causes of accidental injury in the United States are accidental poisoning, motor vehicle and fall accidents.
- Prescription drug abuse is a leading cause of accidental poisoning, with 45 fatalities each day of people who accidentally overdose.
- More than 28,000 people died as a result of falling down in 2012. About seven out of every ten fall fatalities are seniors age 75 and older.
- Motor vehicle crashes took the lives of more than 36,000 people in 2012. Approximately 26 percent of those crashes are believed caused by distracted driving.
The NSC educational campaign slogan for 2014 is Safety: It Takes All of Us. At home and elsewhere, each person is responsible for safe choices to ensure a reasonable standard of safety for others.
When you drive, put your cell phone away. Keep walkways clear for visitors and guests on your property. Make sure medications are secure and never share them with friends. Small steps save lives — and grief.
If you suffer an accidental injury in Florida, talk to a seasoned personal injury law firm in Bradenton.