For people age 44 and under, the leading cause of death is accidental injury. This may come as a surprise to many Arizona residents. According to 2016 statistics, however, 61,749 Americans in the aforementioned age group died due to unintended incidents of various types. This amounts to nearly twice as many as from cancer and heart disease combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted two primary types of accidental deaths: motor vehicle crashes and unintentional poisonings.
Over 2 million people are injured and 32,000 killed in auto accidents ever year. Car crashes have a number of causes, but one rising issue of concern is distracted driving, particularly texting and driving. When drivers use their mobile phones while operating a vehicle, their minds and eyes are off the road -- and in many cases, their hands are also off the wheel. In 2016 alone, 3,450 people lost their lives due to car accidents caused by distracted driving. Safety experts advise drivers to put their phones out of reach when behind the wheel in order to help resist the urge to look or text.
Bicyclists also need to be safety-conscious on the road. In 2016, 840 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Cyclists can help to protect themselves by making sure that their brakes and tires are in good shape. It's also helpful to wear bright protective gear while out on the road.
While people can work to keep themselves safe, dangerous drivers can still cause serious car accidents that result in injuries or even fatalities. A personal injury lawyer can help accident victims to pursue compensation for their damages, including medical bills and lost wages.