Every four minutes, another American dies from an accidental injury. The overall rate of accidental deaths in the U.S. has risen more than 15% in the past 10 years despite a 22% decrease in auto-related deaths, according to a new study conducted by the National Safety Council.
The nonprofit’s research shows that the rates of accidental painkiller overdoses and slip-and-fall deaths have more than doubled since 2005. Opioid painkillers alone killed 13,486 people in 2014 and one out of 133 Americans died from accidentally falling in their homes just last year.
In Oklahoma, 58.8 out of 100,000 people die of an accidental injury each year, according to Tulsa Health Department statistics. Tulsa’s accidental death rate is slightly lower at 53.8. However, compared to the national death rate of 38, Oklahoma residents die of injuries at a much more startling rate than most Americans.
Accidental deaths are one of the top five causes of death in Tulsa County. An average of 1,012 out of 100,000 Tulsa residents die each year from accidents ranging from falls to unintentional poisonings. The majority of accidental injury deaths occur in downtown Tulsa ZIP codes 74103 and 74119, and car accidents account for only one-fourth of accidental deaths in the city.
If you’ve been injured in fall or car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Since many Oklahoma accidental injury cases are time-sensitive, you’ll want to get the legal process started as soon as possible.
Contact the experienced Tulsa personal injury attorneys at Wandres Law to discuss how we can help you receive compensation for pain, medical expenses, or wrongful death. Call us at 918-641-4044 for a free consultation.