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What Are the Leading Causes of Accidental Death

Every year thousands of Americans perish because of unnatural causes such as motor vehicle accidents, electrocution, accidental shootings, or drowning. You probably have heard or read about some of the more notorious accidental causes of death. But did you know that there are some which are way more common than others? In this article, our wrongful death attorneys discuss the major causes of accidental deaths and what you can do about them.

Leading causes of accidental deaths

1. Car and truck accidents:

Vehicle accidents are by far the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Some estimates put the number of deaths caused by vehicle accidents to be over 42,000 per year. Drunk driving, distracted driving, and a myriad of other factors are behind these shocking statistics. To reduce your likelihood of being part of the statistics, you should: drive safely, observe traffic rules, tie your safety belt, get your car serviced regularly, and stay alert on the roads. If your relative is a victim of a fatal car accident, contact experienced wrongful death attorneys and you will get all the help you need.

2. Poisoning:

More and more people are dying every year because of poisoning – more specifically drug poisoning. Misuse of potent medications and substance abuse (cocaine, heroin, etc.) are among the most common causes of poisoning-related deaths. So, the next time you decide to take drugs without a prescription, just know that you could be sending yourself to an early grave. Alcohol poisoning and accidental consumption of toxic household products also contribute to quite a significant number of unnatural deaths.

3. Falls:

It might seem unlikely, but according to the National Safety Council, falls caused the death of approximately 25,000 people in 2009. You’re probably surprised by this huge figure. What is even more concerning about this is the fact that the majority of these people are over the age of 65. This calls for increased attention in elderly homes and even in our homes to give our parents and grandparents the chance to spend more time with us.

4. Fire-related accidents:

Residential fires are the fourth leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. Many organizations fighting to reduce the number of fire-related accidents are claiming that a significant chunk of them are caused by recklessness. Fitting your house with firealarms or smoke detectors and regularly replacing their batteries could reduce your likelihood of getting killed by fire.

5. Drowning:

About 4500 people die annually because of accidental drowning in the sea, bathtub, or pool. This calls for more supervision particularly from parents when they take their kids swimming. Don’t let your small child swim unsupervised. Also, install swimming pool fences and have flotation devices in the pool in case someone accidentally falls into the pool.

6. Choking:

Over 2,000 Americans, the majority of whom are children, die every year because of choking. Watch your child closely when he or she is eating to provide life-saving assistance in case of an emergency. Hot dogs, carrots, chewing gums, meat, apples, and small toys are some of the potential choking hazards in the house. Keep them away from your children if there is nobody watching.

Summary

Car accidents, poisoning, fire, choking, and drowning are some of the leading causes of death in the US. However, by being a bit more careful in our day to day activities, we can avoid most of these causes. In case your child or relative has died as a result of any of these causes, contact wrongful death attorneys to see if you could sue for the pain and damages you have suffered as a result of their death.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017