Posted on April 28, 2014 in Personal Injury
The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released the 2014 issue of Injury Facts. The national report provides information on occupational injuries as well as data on injuries within home communities. The material in the report is offered on both non-fatal and fatal injuries. The data is a useful tool as it provides financial costs associated with injuries and can provide helpful insights in the development of preventive safety programs.
2014 Injury and Death Statistics
The NSC studies accident trends across the U.S. along with the primary causes of death to Americans. Statistics show that a person is most likely to die from poisoning due to an accidental prescription painkiller overdose across 18 states and in Washington, D.C.
Another major source of injuries to the American public, second only to poisoning, continues to be car accidents. The NSC report explicitly cites talking on a cell phone while driving as a major cause. Cell phone use while driving is a form of driver distraction and is associated to nearly a quarter of all auto accidents Texting while driving is another dangerous form of driver preoccupation. According to the report, approximately five percent of car accidents involving a cell phone were linked to texting and driving.
Teens are most susceptible to suffer a fatal injury as a result of a car accident. Although car crashes continue to be the number one killer of teenagers, the good news is that the overall number of teen deaths linked to car accidents has declined.
The NSC study also looked at the most hazardous times of the year for fatal car accidents. In 2012, fatal traffic accidents occurred the most in July and with the least regularity in February. Moreover, the three days surrounding the New Year’s holiday were linked to the time period with the most reported fatalities due to drunk driving accidents.
Some other interesting statistics according to the NSC’s injury report include:
Unintentional injuries come at a high cost, resulting in more than $790 billion in expenses each year.
A Workers’ Compensation accident that causes injury to a worker’s head or central nervous system resulting in lost work time is the most costly type of work accident.
Older adults are at an increased fall risk. Senior citizens are more prone to a slip and fall accident. In fact, fall accidents by seniors increased 112% since 1999.
Contact the Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay L. Edelstein
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident or slip and fall accident, the Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay L. Edelstein are available to discuss your options under the law. Mr. Edelstein is experienced in helping victims recover accident-related medical expenses, as well as damages for pain and suffering. Call our Center City Philadelphia offices at 215-893-9311 or 865-809-3150 to schedule your free consultation or visit www.myphillypersonalinjurylawyer.com to discuss your accident case.The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released the 2014 issue of Injury Facts. The national report provides information on occupational injuries as well as data on injuries within home communities.