Number of Americans Killed in Accidents on the Rise
According to a report from the National Safety Council, in 2014, more than 136,000 Americans died accidentally. The two main causes for the deaths were accidental poisonings and overdoses. These two things alone have pushed aside car crashes as the number one killer of Americans.
Details of the Accident Death Report
The safety council’s statistical manager, Ken Kolosh stated in a conference Thursday, “that all of these accidents are preventable.” He said the point is not that people are accident prone, but that society is not doing enough to prevent people from dying by accident.
An American dies of accidental injury every four minutes. If you count people who do not die but need medical help, the rate increases to one every second. It has become easier for people in America to get their hands on these types of drugs (opioids) which are the main things causing the accidental deaths.
The article also stated that people believe homicide is big risk in America, but there are eight accidental deaths for every homicide. Another one of the biggest places for accidents to occur is in the bathroom. These accidents mostly occur with the elderly population.
The national safety council stated that toilet accidents sent 112,412 people to the emergency room in 2014, more than saws, hammers, or even trampolines and swimming pools but not nearly as much as carpets and floors. Slippery floors and rugs send nearly 1.6 million people to the emergency room a year.
Accidental Death Statistic
- More than 136,000 Americans died accidentally.
- That’s up 4.2 percent from the year before and a jump of 15.5 percent over a decade.
- And the accident rate has risen despite a 22 percent plunge in car crash deaths since 2005.
- Overdose and accidental poisonings are up 78 percent over a decade — pushing aside car crashes as the No. 1 accidental killer in the United States.
- They killed 42,032 people, about 6,000 more than vehicle accidents.
- Opioid overdoses killed 13,486 people in 2014, the non-profit safety council reported.
- Falls are up 63 percent over a decade.
- Maryland, California and New York have the lowest accidental death rates — around 30 per 100,000 people.
- West Virginia — driven by overdoses — has the highest accidental death rate at 75.2 per 100,000, followed by Oklahoma (64.3) and Montana (61.4).
- The national average is 41.3 accidental deaths per 100,000 people.