Nearly 170,000 people die each year in preventable incidents or what are commonly known as “accidents.” While longevity has improved, Americans are dying in completely preventable ways in higher numbers than at any other time in U.S. history. 

A lack of understanding makes it harder to curb these fatalities, therefore the public seems to accept them as unavoidable.

Safety expert Amy Artuso with the National Safety Council shares more insight on the matter.

Did You Know?

  • Preventable deaths are at an all-time high and trail only heart disease and cancer as the leading causes of death in the United States.
  • Even with so many deaths, few people understand what constitutes an “accidental death.”
  • The leading causes of preventable, accidental death are drug overdoses, car crashes, falls, drownings, chokings and fires.