Accidental Injury Now Leading Cause of Death

September 10, 2019

According to The National Safety Council (NSC), preventable deaths have been on the rise since 2009. Three types of accidents -motor vehicle crashes, poisonings and falls now account for approximately two-thirds of all accidental deaths.

Reduce your risk of accidents on the road

It’s common sense that observing the speed limit, buckling up, and turning off your cell phone can go a long way in lowering the likelihood you’ll be involved in a car crash. There are additional measures you can take, e.g., functioning wipers and defrosters, properly inflated tires, and maintaining clear windows and mirrors. For motorcyclists, always wear a helmet and keep an eye out for potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks, and gravel.

Take precautions to prevent poisonings

Prescription overdose is the leading cause of poisoning deaths. It’s important that prescribed medications be taken as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Lower your risk for falling

The leading cause of home-injury fatalities are falls. Make sure your depth perception is not off due to reading glasses or multifocal lenses.  Get your vision checked annually. Avoid falling on loose rugs by taping them down to keep them in place.  Proper lighting can prevent falls by enabling you to see obstacles clearly.  

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