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New Study Shows Patterns of Common Unintentional Injuries

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A new study has been conducted of the most common injury-related deaths in each state in the United States.

Details about the Study

The study was published in the BMJ Injury Prevention Journal and it looked at injury-related deaths in each state in order to find which states were outliers, according to ABC News

An example of an outlier state is Alaska which was found that when compared to the national population, people in Alaska are more than 7 times more likely to die in a transportation accident that was not a vehicle.

When the results of the study were placed on a map, researchers found striking patterns and connections.

What did the study show?

Seven states in the southeast portion of the United States – West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and South Carolina all showed results that were two to four times more than the national rate of unintentional firearm accidents.

Other states on the West Coast showed high rates of legal intervention deaths – deaths associated when someone is killed by a police officer or when an officer is killed in the line of duty. The states with the higher than normal rates for legal intervention deaths were Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, California, and Utah.


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