The National Safety Council has released the 2014 edition of Injury Facts, which details safety statistics and trends across the U.S. and worldwide. Injury Facts has been the Council’s go-to resource for all safety statistics for more than 90 years.
Among the statistics in the 2014 edition:
- Poisonings, including those from unintentional opioid prescription painkiller overdoses, were the leading cause of death in 18 states and Washington, D.C. The increase in fatalities corresponds with the national increase in deaths from drug poisonings, including those involving prescription painkillers.
- Cell phone use is now estimated to be involved in 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes – up from the previous year.
- An estimated 5 percent of crashes involve texting, while 21 percent involve drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones.
- Unintentional injuries cost more than $790 billion annually.
- The most costly lost-time workers’ compensation claims are those involving injuries to the head or central nervous system.
- Motor vehicle deaths in 2012 were at their lowest level in February and at their highest in July.
A free recording of a webinar addressing highlights from the 2014 edition of Injury Facts is available, and the entire book and CD can be purchased at shop.nsc.org.