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Unintential injury: a leading cause of death

Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death for Georgians between the ages of 1 and 44. In 2016, 61,749 people died in the U.S. as a result of unintentional injury. This makes it nearly twice as deadly for that age group as cancer and heart disease combined.

Most causes of unintentional injury are preventable. The majority of deaths from accidents involve car crashes or unintentional poisoning. In addition, there were 2,775 deaths in 2016 that occurred as a result of residential fires.

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that there were 364,000 residential fires in 2016. To combat the problem, the administration recommends installing smoke detectors in every room of a home. All smoke alarms should be tested once a month, and the batteries should be replaced each year. Fire extinguishers should be kept in every home especially in areas where a fire is likely to occur like the kitchen.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is another risk that can be prevented by installing detectors at home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and is found anywhere that materials such as gas are being burned.

The deadliest type of accident, Motor vehicle crashes, kill over 32,000 people every year. That's why the CDC urges all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times. According to the NHTSA, 3,460 people died as a result of distracted driving in 2016.

Injuries from motor vehicle accidents are often costly and life-altering. However, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help a car accident victim recover money for damages sustained as a result of another driver's negligence. Many insurance companies try to get plaintiffs to settle for less than a case is worth. Nevertheless, a personal injury lawyer could make sure that a claimant gets treated fairly by the insurance companies.

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