Posted on 07/12/2011, by Jeremy Edsall
The Facts About Personal Injury
Accidents happen everyday, every hour, every minute, every second, and you never know when an accidental injury could occur and change your life. I think about the man who recently fell to his death at a Texas Rangers baseball game in front of his young son. While some accidents can't be avoided it's good to know where the risks are, and be vigilant in situations or areas where accidents can happen. Here are a few statistics to keep in mind.
Every year, more than 90,000 people die in the United States as a result of unintentional injuries.
Playground accidents result in about 200,000 emergency visits annually. That's one injury every 2 1/2 minutes.
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths in children ages one to fourteen.
About 600,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every year for bicycle-related injuries.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States for people ages one to thirty-four.
One out of every three people age sixty-five and over falls each year. Falls are also the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to children up to fourteen years of age, accounting for an estimated 2.5 million emergency visits annually.
Someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite every 40 seconds.
Accidental injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. On average, there are 11,200 disabling accidental injuries every hour during the year.
Source: The 2011 Hampton Roads Legal Guide