Unintentional Injury: A Leading Cause of Death in Nevada [infographic]

Unintentional Injury_ A Leading Cause of Death in Nevada

Unintentional injuries that result in death have trended upwards in Nevada and in the rest of the U.S., and they are the leading cause of death for people ages 44 and under. Overall, unintentional injuries are the fourth leading cause of death among people of all age groups. Most of these deaths are preventable, making it important for everyone to take precautionary measures to avoid causing or becoming the victims of unintentional injuries. Different age groups face varying risks of types of injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a goal of reducing deaths caused by unintentional injuries by 10 percent over the next two years. (Article continues below infographic) Unintentional Injuries by the Numbers According to the CDC, Nevadans suffered 72 injury deaths per 100,000 people in 2017. This was an increase over the 70 deaths per 100,000 that happened in 2015 and 2016. The upward trend was also seen across the U.S. Overall, 60.6 people died per 100,000 people in 2015, 61.5 died per 100,000 people in 2016, and 63.4 died per 100,000 in 2017. In Nevada, 4.8 thousand people suffered unintentional injury deaths while 479,000 people did overall in the U.S. Males were much likelier

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Are Landlords Responsible for Residential Fires that Injure or Kill Thousands?

When fires injure or kill Nevadans because of negligent maintenance or repairs, the landlords may be liable for damages. While landlords are normally not responsible for a tenant’s personal property losses, they may be liable if fires are caused by faulty wiring or malfunctioning appliances. They may also hold liability if they have failed to install working smoke detectors in the units. When tenants rent homes, there is an implied warranty of habitability. Landlords must maintain their properties in good working order so that the homes are livable and safe. House Fire Prevalence Between Jan. 1, 2016 and Jan. 18, 2018, 39 people died in Nevada house fires. From 2007 to 2011, the National Fire Protection Association reports that an estimated 2,570 people were killed in the U.S. in fires and another 13,210 victims were injured each year. When fires are caused by tenants, the landlords will not be liable. However, when fires result because of landlord negligence, injured tenants or the families of those who were killed may be able to hold property owners and management companies liable to pay damages. Landlord Liability for House Fires In Nevada, landlords are required by law to maintain their rental properties in

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On the Road to Zero Fatalities

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Nevada traffic fatalities have continued to occur despite safety advances, leading the government to implement a three-pronged approach to reduce car accident deaths to zero. The government is focused on working closely with manufacturers to ensure that they do not produce automobiles that are defective or that contain defective components. The second focus is on continued work in automation and safety advances. Finally, the government’s third prong is focused on addressing problematic driving behaviors that may lead to accidents. By focusing on all three of these prongs, the government hopes that it will be able to end traffic deaths. Working With Manufacturers The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aims to work collaboratively with auto manufacturers to ensure that they make automobiles that are safe and defect-free. In 2016, the NHTSA reached an agreement with manufacturers to take a more proactive approach to the identification of defects before they reach the marketplace instead of waiting to recall unsafe vehicles after they have already caused injuries and deaths. To help prevent defective vehicles from being released, the government is taking the following steps: Promoting communication improvements between the NHTSA, automakers, and suppliers about cross-industry trends and safety issues Enhancing issue identification through

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