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Avoiding the Leading Cause of Death


Just about everybody would like to extend their lives as much as possible. Yet, when it comes to the leading cause of death in this country, too many Americans simply fail to do the things necessary to ensure a long and happy life. If you lose a loved one due to the carelessness of another, seeking legal representation as you look for answers is a good idea.

What kills Americans?

 What would you guess to be the number one killer of Americans? Heart disease? Cancer? COPD? Sure, those things do catch a lot of people in their collective grip, particularly as we age.  But the leading cause of death for individuals aged one to 44 is unintentional injuries. In fact, nearly twice as many individuals die from accidents than from a combination of heart disease and cancer.

More Specifically…

 So what kinds of unintentional injuries are we talking about? The two biggest problems lie with motor vehicle incidents and with poisonings. Residential fires are a significant problem, too. But rather than quake with fear at this newfound knowledge, Americans can take action to improve the odds of beating these types of accidents.

Preventative Measures

Addressing the most common issues truly can save lives. Consider the following suggestions made by experts in the business:

  • Over 30,000 people are killed on American roadways every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a number of measures to try to bite into that statistic:
    • Avoid inebriated driving;
    • Buckle up;
    • Use appropriate restraints for children and babies;
    • Obey posted speed limits;
    • Avoid unnecessary distractions.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning results in over 400 annual fatalities. You can avoid becoming a statistic by doing some simple things:
    • Make sure indoor appliances like stoves, fireplaces, ranges, and furnaces are not leaking and are functioning as intended;
    • Install a carbon monoxide detector and keep it in good working order.
  • Over 2 million poisoning incidents occur annually in this country, and roughly seven percent of them result in death. What can you do to prevent an incident?
    • Keep dangerous products out of the reach of children, under lock and key;
    • Keep a Poison Control number handy;
    • Keep products like Ipecac on hand in case of emergency.
  • Nearly 3,000 fatalities occur annually in this country due to residential fires. Ensure the safety of your family by doing the following:
    • Make sure you have adequate smoke detectors in your home;
    • Test them monthly;
    • Replace batteries on the same date annually so you’re sure to remember;
    • Keep candles out of bedrooms, and follow basic safety regarding them;
    • Avoid holiday lighting issues by checking wires and not overloading circuits.

When Carelessness Leads to Death

 In the tragic event that you lose a loved one due to carelessness, the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton can help. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach to advocate for you in your quest for justice.