National Safety Month Raises Awareness of Common Safety HazardsMay 30, 2019
June is National Safety Month, which raises awareness of some of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the workplace, in the community, and on roads and highways across the country. The National Safety Council (NSC) offers a wide range of materials and resources, including safety talks, posters, and tips sheets that can help people stay safe and avoid injuries. This year’s topics will focus on Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips, and Falls, Fatigue, and Impairment.
How to Avoid Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury accidents include everything from slip and fall accidents to car accidents, and the resulting injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injuries, or even death. Many of these injuries are preventable if the appropriate safety protocols are in place. Most car accidents can be avoided if motorists make safety a priority and obey the rules of the road.
Most car accidents are caused by speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving, all of which are completely preventable. Drunk driving accidents can be avoided by arranging for a designated driver, calling a ridesharing service, or simply avoiding alcohol if you plan to drive home. Speeding is easily avoided by obeying the posted speed limits. As cell phone technology continues to advance, too many drivers are distracted by talking on the phone, texting, and checking social media while they are driving. Other dangerous distractions include reaching for something in the back seat, engaging with other passengers, checking the GPS system, and eating or drinking.
Other Personal Injury Accidents
A survey conducted by Injury Facts found that 161,374 people died from accidental injuries in 2016. The first step to avoiding injuries like this is to be aware of the hazards and understand the appropriate safety precautions to take. The following are examples of common causes of personal injuries in the home and the community:
- Poisoning: Injuries and fatalities related to poisoning may be caused by chemicals and other toxic substances, as well as by prescription drug overdoses.
- Falls: This is the third leading cause of accidental deaths in all age groups but is the number one cause of death in people aged 65 and older.
- Fires and Burns: These are caused by fires, as well as certain types of chemical burns. Home fires can be reduced by half if homeowners make sure that their smoke alarms are working.
- Drowning: This is the number one cause of death in children ages one to four. Most of these deaths are caused by children falling into pools or left unsupervised in a bathtub.
Baltimore Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Secure Compensation for Victims of Personal Injury Accidents
If you suffered an injury that you believe was caused by another person’s negligence, you are urged to contact the Baltimore accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will determine who is responsible for your injuries and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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