On March 25, 2014 the National Safety Council published their 2014 edition of their Injury Facts.
Below are some of the interesting and surprising findings.
A. Poisonings, including those from unintentional opioid prescription painkiller overdoses, were the leading cause of death in 18 states and Washington, D.C. The increase in fatalities corresponds with the national increase in deaths from drug poisonings, including those involving prescription painkillers.
B. Cell phone use is now estimated to be involved in 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes – up from the previous year.
C. An estimated 5 percent of cell phone-related crashes involve texting, while 21 percent involve drivers talking on hand-held or hands-free cell phones.
D. In 2012, the number of teen motor vehicle occupant deaths decreased, but motor vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death for teens.
E. Unintentional injuries cost more than $790 billion annually
F. The most costly lost-time workers’ compensation claims are those involving injuries to the head or central nervous system.
G. The number of elder adult falls has risen 112 percent since 1999.
H. Motor vehicle deaths in 2012 were at their lowest level in February and at their highest in July.
I. The three-day period around New Year’s Day was the holiday period with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired driving deaths.
I do not think this is much of a surprise. Ignition lock breathalzer devices for all cars could be a big help in reducing this.
Notice the facts found on motor vehicl crashes and cell phone use, - up 26% from the previous year with 5% involving testing and 21 % involving talking either on a handheld device or hands-free mobile device.
If this isn't another solid reason to strengthen cell phone use while driving I do not know what is.
Info from www.nsc.orgPagesNSC-releases-latest-injury-and-fatality-statistics-and-trends-.aspx#.