Accidental Deaths Hit Highest Number in Recorded U.S. History

The National Safety Council is grieving over the new CDC data showing the number of deaths from unintentional, preventable injuries – commonly known as ‘accidents’ – rose 5.3% between 2016 and 2017. Preventable deaths have

now reached their highest number in recorded U.S. history – 169,936. Of the three leading causes, preventable injuries was the only category to experience an increase, largely driven by the opioid crisis. An American is killed accidentally every three minutes, by a drug overdose, a motor vehicle crash, a fall, a drowning, a choking incident or another preventable occurrence.

NSC analysis of the unintentional, preventable injury data shows:

For years, the United States has accepted unintentional injuries as an unavoidable reality. These data show us that our collective complacency costs us 466 lives every day. The truth is, there is no such thing as an accident. We know what to do to save lives, but as a nation, we have not consistently prioritized safety at work, at home and on the road.

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