Shocking Safety StatisticsSeptember 19, 2019
Accidents happen, even to the most safety conscious individuals, but most accidents that result in injury and death can be prevented. Car accidents, opioid overdoses, slip and falls, and drowning accidents claim countless lives each day. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that accidents injure one person every second and kill another person every three minutes in the United States, making accidental injury the third leading cause of death.
Leading Causes of Accidental Death and Injury
Accidents can happen at any time for a variety of reasons, but the most common types of accidents include:
- Car Accidents: Over 40,000 people die and 4.5 million people are injured each year in car accidents across the United States. Distracted driving, drugged driving, and drowsy driving are the three leading causes of car accidents and are also the most preventable.
- Opioid Overdose: Even with Narcan readily available to first responders and law enforcement officials, opioid deaths have continued to rise over the past 20 years by 633 percent.
- Cell Phone Distraction: The overall distraction of technology causes a steady increase in the number of accidental injuries and deaths that occur each year. In the past 10 years, over 250 people have died while taking selfies, oblivious to the dangers associated while snapping a self-portrait.
- Workplace Injuries: Overexertion, slip and falls, and being struck by objects on the job result in 4.6 million workplace injuries and accidental deaths in the United States each year. An estimated 12,600 people are injured on the job each day.
- Drowning: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children aged one to 14, and adults between 15 to 24 years of age. Over 4,000 people die from drowning each year.
- Playground Injuries: Playgrounds are built for children and are therefore considered safe by most parents. Unfortunately, over 200,000 children under 14 years of age are sent to emergency rooms across the country due to playground injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, broken bones, burns, severe cuts and lacerations, and heat-related incidents are the most common playground injuries.
- Miscellaneous Injuries: Infections from hospitals and nursing home facilities, hypothermia, and unsafe consumer products also contribute to injuries and deaths each year. While heath and consumer product safety administrations work to prevent these types of injuries, innocent victims continue to suffer the consequences of poor-quality services and consumer products.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Injured Victims Claim Compensation
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident or from an accident resulting from the negligence of another, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton today. We will hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries so that you can focus on your recovery. Call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.