Unintentional injuries a leading cause of death

March 9, 2022 | Personal Injury

Floridians between the ages of one and 44 are at higher risk of death from unintentional injuries. Looking at the statistics can show the reasons behind this.

What is the rate of unintentional injuries in Florida?

In Florida, individuals between the ages of one and 44 are more likely to die from unintentional injuries compared with people from the same age range elsewhere. Illnesses such as heart attack, cancer and stroke are the only causes that rank higher for deaths in the state.

In 2019, there were over 18,000 deaths stemming from unintentional injuries in Florida. The rate of these injuries was also higher than the average for the entire country and outrank injuries caused by acts of violence. Florida as a whole saw deaths from unintentional injuries at a rate of 55.42% that same year.

Who is most at risk for unintentional injuries?

According to research performed by the National Safety Council, unintentional injuries from car accidents are the top reason for fatalities in people ages one through 44. Men who are between 35 and 44 are also more likely to die from a crash than women.

Unintentional deaths affecting children between the ages of one and four mostly occur from drowning accidents. For children ages five to 14, drowning is the second most common cause of unintentional injuries leading to fatalities.

In terms of unintentional injuries leading to death for poisoning, more people between one and 44 are directly affected when prescription medication is involved.

What is the impact of unintentional injuries?

Unintentional injuries rank alongside acts of violence in how they affect the economy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatalities from unintentional injuries cost around $130 billion each year.

Personal injuries can be devastating. If you or a loved one suffered from someone else’s negligence, hold them accountable.

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