NEW YORK – In the United States, there are almost 193,000 deaths resulting from injuries each year. On average, 58 people out of every 100,000 are killed by injuries such as falls, car crashes, overdoses, and fires. Of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, New York was found to be some of the safest, according to a report funded by Trust for America’s Health.
Researchers analyzed statistics on both unintentional and intentional injuries by state between 2011 and 2013. Breaking New York averaged 40.3 injury-related deaths per 100,000 people, the lowest death rate.
New York personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes said it’s not surprising to see the Empire State was considered one of the safest in the country.
“Lawmakers have taken steps to prevent deadly injuries in New York,” personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said. “Studies have shown that public safety strategies like seat belts and bike helmets can save lives and New York has very strict laws when it comes to safety.”
The firm’s personal injury attorneys say they’ve been analyzing accident scenarios across the nation for years and safety has certainly improved.
“Injuries don’t just happen at random. They can actually be very predictable in New York,” personal injury attorney Steve Barnes said. “The city has taken many steps in recent years to improve workplace safety and minimize the number of car accidents.”
While car accidents and workplace injuries have been trending downward across the country, drug overdoses were the leading cause of injury-related deaths, at almost 44,000 each year. Researchers noted these deaths have more than doubled in the past 14 years. Overdose deaths now exceed car crash-related deaths in 36 states, researchers said.
Analysts recommended increasing access to substance abuse programs in many states.
The final report card graded states based on injury-prevention laws and programs. Only New York scored a 9 out of 10 points.
Four other states scored the lowest 2 points; including Florida, Iowa, Missouri, and Montana.