National Safety Council Announces 2 Leading Causes of Accidental Injury in U.S.
April 1, 2014
Each day, thousands of American citizens become the victims of accidents that result in serious injuries. While the list of causes to these accidents could be endless, the National Safety Council just released its 2014 list of injury facts that shed some light on the most common causes of accidental injury in the United States today.
The report states that accidental Drug Injury, including unintentional overdoses of opioid prescription painkillers, is the leading cause of accidental death in the nation. The findings show there was an increase in such accidents this past year compared to previous annual numbers that were collected.
The report also indicates car accidents caused by distracted drivers are at the top of the list of causes of accidental injury and death. Researchers found the number of collisions involving cellphone use rose to 26 percent from the previous year’s total. Five percent of those accidents involved drivers who were sending or receiving text messages, while another 21 percent were attributed to motorists who were talking on electronic handheld or hands-free devices.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers these accident causes can pose and ask the public to do their part to stay safe by putting their phones down while driving and by properly taking medications that are prescribed to you.