Accidental Death Rates Rise

Accidental Death Rates Rise

In recent years the accidental death rate in America has been increasing, rising nearly 12 percent since 1992.

Accidents are the fifth leading cause of death following heart disease, cancer, stroke, and respatory disease, claims the National Safety Council.

The Statistics

From 1969 to 1992 the rate of accidental deaths declined, a fact that the council believes was due to intense drunk driving policies, seat belts and air bags in vehicles and smoke detectors at home.

However, since this time accidental deaths have been on the rise, particularly in terms of elderly falls and overdoses.

The rate of deaths due to accidental falls rose 31 percent from 1999 to 2003 which means that the amount of deaths is increasing faster than the older population itself.

Accidental deaths as a result of overdosing on medication or illegal drugs increased from 17,550 in 2002 to 19, 457 in 2003.

Alan McMillan, CEO of the National Safety Council also explains that motorcycle deaths have risen thirty five percent in 2005 with riders 45 and older.

The Leading Causes of Death

To date, car accidents still serve as the leading cause of death in America and are more frequent with young people.

For Americans in their 40’s poisonings and car crashes tied for the leading cause of death and accidental falls remain the leading cause for the elderly.

Massachusetts is reported to have had the lowest accidental death rate at 20.6 deaths per 100,000 people and New Mexico had the highest rate at 65.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

The Cost

Not only are accidents taking the lives of people nationwide daily, but they are also costing the United States a great deal.

A nonprofit group in Chicago estimates that the accidental deaths and injuries have cost the nation $625.5 billion in 2005.

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