The State of Illinois and other states around the country and urging businesses and communities to join the celebration of National Safety Month. The entire month of June will focus on various safety topics. This awareness month is being put on by the Illinois-based National Safety Council (NSC) in an attempt to increase the awareness of the top five causes of preventable injuries and death from accidents in Chicago and elsewhere.Our Chicago personal injury lawyers understand that there are a number of things that we can all do to help this world be a safer place for everyone, but preventable injuries continue to happen because of the negligence of others. Residents are urged to participate in the activities of this safety month and encourage friends, family and coworkers to get involved to help reduce the risks of these types of accidents.
Top 5 causes of preventable injury or death:
-Injuries in the summer time (June 1-4). Injuries and fatalities during this time of year usually see an increase as more residents are out of school, vacationing or are outside enjoying the summer weather.
-Overexertion (June 5 to 11). These types of injuries are the third leading cause of unintentional injuries as they typical result in sprains and strains in various areas of the body, especially in the lower back.
-Teen Driving Safety (June 12 to 18). The NSC feels that promoting safe teen driving on our roadways is critical as more than 5,500 people are killed every year in traffic accidents that involve a teen driver.
-Slips, Trips and Falls (June 19 to 25). These accidents are among the top causes of unintentional injuries that leave residents in emergency departments throughout the nation.
-Cell phone use by drivers (June 26 to 30). Traffic accidents are the number one cause of unintentional deaths in the United States and a large number of these accidents are caused by distracted drivers using cell phones. The NSC estimates that nearly 25 percent of all traffic accidents involve distracted driving.
These awareness weeks in the month of June come with supplemental safety material to help spread the word about the ways you can help to prevent these unnecessary injuries and deaths.
The NSC reports that the United States witnessed 50 percent more of these types of injuries last year, compared to 1992 — nearly 87,000 unintentional injuries and fatalities. These preventable accidents cause residents and employers nearly $700 billion, an average of roughly $6,000 per American household.
Residents are urged to join “A Million Acts of Safety” to share your stories and to learn about new ways to help keep you and your loved ones safe in your home. These stories and advice are shared with those around the world.
An NSC safety calendar, found on their website, shows you all of the safety events that take place throughout the year.
If you or a love one has been injured, contact the Illinois personal injury lawyers of Abels & Annes, P.C. Call 866-99-ABELS for a free consultation. There is no fee unless you win.