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Accidental Injury Remains Utah’s Leading Cause of Death

By Chandler's Watch / Published on Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018 06:08 AM / Comments Off on Accidental Injury Remains Utah’s Leading Cause of Death / 875 views

a work accidentAccidental injuries are the 4th leading cause of death in the US — but that’s not the case in Utah. Accidents are the leading cause of deaths in Utah, and the state is taking it seriously.

It’s a Dangerous World

Utah experiences close to 10,000 accidents leading to personal injury and more than 1,000 fatalities each year. Thousands more are injured with less severe consequences — but all of these accidental injuries are preventable.

Poisoning is the leading cause of deaths followed closely by traffic accidents. Poisoning incidents usually involve the elderly and traffic accidents involve young adults and adults alike. Utah’s Department of Health’s Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP), along with the several other agencies and the state’s 13 local health departments are taking measures to promote safety and reduce preventable accidents.

Keep Your Family Safe

Simple practices like wearing a seat belt or using safety equipment when riding a bike can mean the difference between life and death. Obey traffic laws — whether you’re driving, walking, or riding a bike. Most accidents do involve vehicle-to-vehicle collision, but numerous accidents also involve pedestrians and cyclists. You should also keep your child’s safety in mind. Use the recommended safety equipment for children and be mindful of what they eat. Poisoning from cosmetics is the number one cause of poisoning in Utah — but it can easily be resolved with just a little care.

Protect More than Just Your Health

The growing number of vehicles on the road brings higher chances of accidents each year — and with accidents come conflicting claims. Dashboard cameras can keep everyone’s stories straight and provide an unbiased source of proof. It is also prudent to have a lawyer on call just in case you or a loved one get involved in a tragic accident.

Keep calm, stay aware of your surroundings, and strictly following safety measures. Accidents are preventable — but only if you have the right mindset.