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.
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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 to die from unintentional injuries. In Nevada, 94.8 males per 100,000 people died from unintentional injuries. In the U.S., 86.3 males per 100,000 people were killed by unintentional injuries. By contrast, Nevada women had an unintentional injury death rate of 45.4 per 100,000, and U.S. women had an unintentional death rate of 36.3 per 100,000 people.
Leading Causes of Unintentional Injury Deaths
In 2015, the leading cause of deaths resulting from unintentional injuries was accidental poisoning, which caused the deaths of 47.478 people. The second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths was motor vehicle accidents, which caused the deaths of 36,161 people. Falls rounded out the top three with 33,381 deaths in 2015.
What Can Be Done?
The key point for people to understand is that these types of deaths are largely preventable. Many are caused by the negligence of individuals or entities. People should pay attention to what they are doing and act with reasonable caution and care so that they might avoid suffering injuries or causing accidents that injure others. Victims may file negligence lawsuits to hold negligent parties accountable.