The National Safety Council’s (NSC) latest report reveals that preventable deaths are at an all-time high. In 2014, there were 136,053 deaths from preventable causes, which is a 57-percent increase from the 68-year low in 1992.
Preventable deaths are often caused by defective products or by the actions of someone else. If you lost a loved one in a preventable death situation, you may be able to assert a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Find out more by scheduling a free consultation with one the Cincinnati wrongful death lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy.
Every four minutes, someone loses their life to a preventable cause of death. Preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease are more common.
These kinds of deaths are a threat at any age, but some age groups are more at-risk for certain types of preventable deaths. For instance, people who are 65 or older are at increased risk of dying because of a fall, while those ages 25 to 64 are at greater risk of dying from poisoning. Meanwhile, people between the ages of 5 and 24 face a greater risk of dying in a car crash.
This NSC infographic has practical tips on how to prevent each of these accidents.
NSC Increases Focus On Avoiding Preventable Deaths
The NSC has set a goal of eliminating all fatalities due to preventable causes. Even though this is lofty goal, the NSC believes it can be achieved.
Increased awareness can help curb preventable deaths. That is why the NSC is encouraging people to create a “Safety Snapshot,” which helps people determine their probability of preventable death based on various factors such as their age, sex, location, employment and whether they have children.