Preventable injuries are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. Deaths due to preventable injury rose by 10 percent in 2016.
Reports indicate that the rise in these types of death were largely the result of drug overdoses and motor vehicle collisions. The rise was also the result, though in a less major way, because of choking, drowning and falling.
According to the CEO of the National Safety Council, Deborah Hersman, “The truth is, there is no such thing as an accident. Every single one of these deaths was preventable. We know what to do to save lives, but collectively, we have failed to prioritize safety at work, at home and on the road.”
The NSC found that one person is injured every second in a preventable accident and one person dies every three minutes. Altogether, there were 161,374 people killed as the result of a preventable injury in 2016. Cancer and heart disease are the only two things responsible for more deaths than preventable injury.
This tells us that we must make safety a higher consideration as we move about our days. Not only are we at risk of hurting ourselves due to inattention and other reasons, but we are putting other people at risk.
If you have suffered an injury in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in Southern Florida, reach out to our team for assistance. We can help you hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions.