Accidents, by definition, should not happen and should be preventable. Unfortunately, not only do accidents routinely occur but they are also the cause of a rising number of deaths. Palm Beach Post reported recently that "Accidents are killing more Americans each year." This troubling determination is based on a new report prepared by the National Safety Council which shows a higher rate of death by accidents over the course of 2015.
When someone dies as a result of an accident, it must be determined who was at fault. If the negligence of any person or company was a causal or contributing factor to the accident, a personal injury claim may be brought against the negligent party. Negligence can make a person or company liable for losses sustained by the victim of the accident.
Rate of Death by Accidents is Rising
In 2014, more than 136,000 Americans died as a result of accidents. This is a 4.2 percent increase in the number of fatalities resulting from accidents as compared to the prior year. Over the course of the past decade, there has been a 15.5 percent increase in the number of people dying by accident. The rate of accidental death is so high, an American now dies of an accidental injury once every four minutes. If you add to this the number of people who require medical attention as a result of an accident, the rate rises to one person every second.
Fatalities caused by accidents have risen during a time period during which there has been a 22 percent decrease in people dying in auto accidents. This means other types of accidents have been occurring and causing fatalities with increasing frequency.
Deaths due to falls, for example, have risen 63 percent during the past 10 years. More people may be dying due to falling more than ever before as a result of an aging society. Older people who suffer a fall are more likely to sustain serious injuries resulting in death.
These falls sometimes happen in nursing homes, which means the nursing home could be held accountable. Falls among people of all ages can also occur in restaurants, stores, and other public places. They can also occur in private homes, and the property owners of these locations can be held legally liable if their failure to provide safe conditions to visitors was the cause of the fall.
The statistical manager for the National Safety Council warns that higher death rates are not occurring due to people becoming more accident-prone. Instead, the reason for the increasing number of fatal accidents is because "society is not doing enough to prevent people from dying by accident." He also reminded the public that "every accident is preventable." It is up to people like property owners and drivers to take reasonable steps to try to prevent them.