National Safety Council Reports Accidental Deaths Increasing at Alarming Rate

Earlier this summer, the National Saftey Council reported that accidental deaths are increasing in America at an alarming rate, more than 20 percent over a 10-year period, reaching 113,000 deaths in 2005, according to the latest data available.

Some findings:

  • Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of injury-related death in the country. Driver behaviors including speeding, distractions and impairment, as well as not wearing seatbelts, contribute significantly to motor vehicle injuries and fatalities.
  • Poisoning – particularly from overdoses of over-the-counter, prescription and illicit drugs – is now the fastest-rising cause of accidental death with a 5 percent increase last year alone.
  • Deaths from falls rank third, with choking and drowning rounding out the top five.

The five leading causes of death account for 83 percent of all accidental deaths.

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