Accidental deaths rose to a record high in 2014 primarily because of drug overdoses and falls.
A record number of Americans are dying by accidents. The dramatic rise is seen primarily because of drug overdoses and falls rather than car crashes which appears the more obvious reason for accidental deaths.
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A new report from the National Safety Council shows more than 136,000 people in the United States died accidentally in 2014, which represents a significant increase of 4.2 percent from the year 2013 and 15.5 percent in the past decade. This is the highest number of accidental deaths ever reported.
Overdose and accidental poisoning account for a large number of accidental deaths. Both contributed to killing 42,000 people in 2014, taking over as the leading cause of accidental deaths.
The rate of car crashes related deaths has declined considerably over the years and is stalled to 22 percent since the past decade thanks to safer vehicles, improved car technology and changes in license requirements for teens.
“Far fewer teenagers and young adults are dying on the roads than they were in 1981.” Ken Kolosh, statistics manager for the National Safety Council said. But driving under influence, over-speeding, using cell phones and gadgets while driving and not buckling up seat belts are still threatening lives of millions of people every day.
Also on the rise are deaths related to falls. Accidental deaths caused as a result of fall such as slipping on bathroom or kitchen floor have increased from under 10,000 in 1992 to around 32,000 in 2014.
Every four minute, someone in U.S. dies of accidental injury. The findings do not reflect that Americans are prone to accidents but indicates that much more is needed to be done to prevent people from dying by accidents. Overdoses, accidental poising and falls which are blamed as main causes for the accidental deaths are largely preventable. All we need is changes in the regulations and urgent medical assistance.
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