Ever since 2015, the United States death rate has increased each year and will continue to increase each year according to preliminary data. It is estimated that almost 900,000 Americans die every year, usually due to the five leading causes of death — heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, strokes and unintentional injuries. However, the CDC reported that 20-40 percent of these deaths could be avoided.
Personal injury lawyers handle many cases where there was wrongful death, and they are able to help families cope with their loss by receiving compensation for any damages or medical bills. As stated earlier, unintentional injuries are one of the five leading causes of death. Unintentional injuries are injuries that could have been avoided and can result in fatalities. Let’s take a closer look at the most recent fatality rates, both in Utah and Nationwide.
In 2016, accidents were the third leading cause of death in Utah, with 1211 deaths and 1238 deaths in 2017. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, in 2018 there were a total of 128 traffic deaths, ten more than in 2017.
To break these car accident numbers down even more, 102 of the car accident deaths in 2018 were driver and passenger deaths, 16 were motorcyclist deaths, 8 pedestrian deaths and 2 bicyclist deaths.
Many of these deaths were the result of someone speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol. When a person chooses to not follow the rules of the road, they have the potential of seriously injuring someone else. Personal injury lawyers assist car accident victims when dealing with insurance companies so they can receive fair compensation for damages and medical bills.
The CDC has not published United States fatality rates for 2017 or 2018 yet, however, in 2016 161,374 individuals died from unintentional injuries. That’s 5.8 percent of all deaths in 2016 and almost 50 deaths per 100,000 people.
More specifically, 34,000 of those deaths were unintentional falls, 40,327 were motor vehicle traffic deaths, and 58,335 were unintentional poisoning deaths.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 5,147 fatal work injuries in 2017. Luckily, the fatal injury rate for full-time workers has decreased from 3.6 to 3.5 per 100,000 individuals.
These fatality rates are scary, but unfortunately, accidents continue to happen every day. Although many can be avoided, it’s important to know that experiences like this can happen to anyone. When dealing with accidents or wrongful death, a personal injury lawyer can make your experience much easier. Personal injury lawyers here at Robert J. DeBry and Associates will help you with any personal injury or wrongful death claim; they will work hard to make sure you get the help and money you deserve.