LiveScience researched the death rates from injuries among Americans in the different states. Their research revealed that our state, West Virginia, ranked the highest among all fifty states with about 98 deaths per 100,000 people each year.
The report stated that, “West Virginia is the state with the highest rate of death from injuries, such as those sustained in car crashes, falls, fires and drug overdoses…”. Much of these deaths, according to the research, are from accidents that are preventable.
These numbers are far too high. So many people have lost loved ones due to this accidents that did not have to happen. What can we do to change these statistics? How can we help keep more West Virginians safe?
An essential way to prevent deaths and keep people safe is taking the proper safety precautions and following the laws and regulations. Helmets, seat belts, and other safety devices that are available for our use are shown to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries and when in an accident. If more people used these devices properly we could reduce the deaths that result from crashes and wrecks.
In addition to vehicle crashes, the other accidents that are known to cause death from injury could also be preventable. With the proper safety precautions and making people aware of what they can be doing to prevent these things from happening, we could hopefully reduce the death rates here in the mountain state. Fires, falls, overdoses, car crashes, and other accidents do not have to happen. Ask yourself, “what can I do to keep myself and my family safe and prevent avoidable accidents?”
Want more information on the report discussed above? Click this link: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/06/18/which-state-has-highest-death-rate-from-injuries/