The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress. It’s mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through, leadership, research, education and advocacy. Every year the National Safety Council details safety statistics and trends across the United States and worldwide. Following is a summary of trends gathered from data gathered up through the year 2012 – which is the most recent compilation of data.
According to the National Safety Council’s recently released 2014 edition of injury and death statistics, cell phone usage by motorists is now estimated to be involved in twenty six percent of all motor vehicle accidents. This represents an increase over last year. Of the twenty six percent, five percent were attributable to texting and twenty one percent from talking both on hand held and hands free devices.
Poisoning, including unintentional prescription painkiller overdoes, were found to be the leading cause of death in eighteen states and the District of Columbia.
There was a decrease in teen motor vehicle deaths in 2012, yet automobile accidents continue to be the number one cause of death in teenagers.
The annual cost of unintentional injuries is now estimated to be over $790 billion dollars in the United States.
Head and central nervous system injuries are the most costly lost-time workers’ compensation claims.
The number of elder adult falls continue to rise – up 112% since 1999.
Alcohol-related driving deaths were highest during the three-day period around New Year’s Day. Motor vehicle deaths in general were at their highest level in the month of July and their lowest in February.