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The top cause of death in the US is often avoidable

People die of diseases, allergic reactions, plane crashes and even lightning strikes. Many of these causes seem random and unavoidable, but Pennsylvania readers may be surprised to learn that the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 is unintentional injury. This means that, in some cases, these deaths are entirely avoidable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 61,749 people died of some sort of unintentional injury in 2016. These deaths came in the form of unintentional poisonings, falls, fires, drownings and more. However, the most common cause was motor vehicle accidents. Each year, over 32,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives in car crashes, and an additional 2 million are injured. Most of these auto accidents are caused by preventable human mistakes, such as speeding, drunk or drugged driving and distracted driving. Failure to wear seat belts is another major contributing factor.

In order to reduce car accident fatalities, the CDC urges drivers to put down their phones and pay attention to the road. The agency also reminds drivers to obey posted speed limits and never drink and drive. Furthermore, drivers should always buckle up and make sure infants and toddlers are placed in age-appropriate car seats.

Someone lucky enough to survive a serious car crash could still suffer catastrophic injuries that leave them temporarily or permanently disabled. Such a victim may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and more. An attorney familiar with car accident claims could help prepare the lawsuit and work to obtain a settlement for damages.

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