Just when you least expect it, there's an accident .Yet car crashes,drownings falls,fires poisonings, and other mishaps occur with such numbing regularity that they can hardly be considered unexpected.Your channces of being involved in a fatal accidents with in a one year period are about half that of americans who lived a couple of generations ago,but that doesn't mean you can stop looking both ways when you cross the street. Chances are still about 1 in 2,600 that you will die as the result of an accident, and that's no small risk.
More than 73 millions accidental injuries occur in the United States every year .And the consequences are serious , for example, almost 9 million people were disable and 94,000 other died as a result of accidents.Every hour,11 Americans die from accidents and other1,000 are injured .Americans lose more working years through accidents than from all forms of cancer and heart disease combined.The price paid for these mishaps ,from doctor bills to property damage is astronomical. For intance, accidents cost $ 133.2 billion an amount equal to almost half the U.S. defense budget.
Most disabling accidents occur in the home .But most accident deaths occur out on the streets where cars motorcyles ,trucks,and other vehicles swerve into trees, run red lights,and otherwise do life threatening damage. And just in case you think you are safe onnce you leave the dangerous confines of your home and arrive in one piece at work ,take note: Americans suffered nearly 2 million disabling injuries and 11,000 on the job .Your own chances of having an accident depend on a wide variety of factors your age, your sex, your job, your personality, these things and more figure into the equation .What's certain is that two out of every three Americans suffer some sort of accidental injury each year. So be careful out there..
2009-06-12 1:39pm PDT
very interesting article
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2010-08-24 10:33pm PDT
The facts you presented were amazing! Who knew that every American has a 1 in 2,600 chance of dying as the result of an accident? The rest of the statistics and figures, while interesting and eye-catching are also quite alarming. Good article, it was very informative.
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2010-09-20 3:05am PDT
So scary, nowhere is safe.