What unintentional injury is most likely to take your life?
A gun accident? A fall? A plane crash?
According to the Report on Injuries in America, 2003, Published as part of Injury Facts®, 2004 edition, by the National Safety Council, there were about 27 million visits to hospital emergency departments for injuries. About 20.7 million injuries resulted in temporary or permanent disability. A fatal injury occurs every 5 minutes and a disabling injury occurs every 1.6 seconds.
- The Leading Causes of Unintentional Injury Deaths:
Motor Vehicle 44,800
Fires, flames, and smoke 2,600
On Roads and Highways
- A death caused by a motor vehicle crash occurs every 12 minutes; a disabling injury occurs every 13 seconds.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 6 to 33.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
- The age groups most affected by motor vehicle crashes are 15-24 and 75+.
- There were an estimated 5,600 pedestrian deaths and 80,000 injuries.
- There is an alcohol-related traffic death every 30 minutes and a nonfatal injury every 2 minutes.
- Bicycling resulted in about 700 deaths in collisions with motor vehicles.
The most dangerous thing about flying in jumbo jet is the drive to the airport!
Be careful out there. If you get hurt, you will be glad you have plenty of UM insurance, and some sound legal advice.
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