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New York Times Names Fatal Accidents as Health Crisis

Steve Wagner

It turns out that the United States is definitely not the worst overall when it comes to injuries and illnesses, but we certainly have a long way to go before we are doing “well” in this department. The New York Times just released a new report naming fatal accidents as a “global health crisis”. The study showed that although we fear things like diseases, natural disasters, and the like, we are all far more likely to be killed by a standard fatal accident than we are by a rare occurrence or illness.

The top five most common fatal accidents worldwide involve motor vehicle injuries, falls, drownings, fire, and poisonings. Overall, the U.S. ranks on the middle to lower end of the countries with the highest counts of these injuries. Our most fatal accident in the U.S. is by far motor vehicle accidents, with 139 deaths occurring per every 1 million people.

One of the biggest reasons the U.S. has fewer injuries and illnesses than many other large-population countries is because of our intentional education and prevention efforts. Organizations like OSHA work diligently to educate our workforce on hazards, proper materials handling, machinery operation, and general safety. Other federal organizations like the NHTSA are working each year to analyze traffic patterns, identify hazards and trends, and provide solutions for dangers on our roadways.

But the truth is, there are still thousands of people that die each year in our country as a result of these accidents. In spite of the best efforts, we will never be able to eliminate accidents or hazards. What we can do is hold accountable those who behave recklessly, those who manufacture defective products, and those who refuse to act responsibly to protect workers and citizens.

If you have been injured, whether on or off the clock, give the personal injury lawyers at Wagner Reese a call to schedule a free consultation.


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