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Accidents Are Avoidable: How Equipped Are You?

by on August 23, 2011 >> 6 Comments
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If you are like most people, you probably think that accidents are just a matter of bad luck – you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or you are at the mercy of factors beyond your control. Although chance is one factor, you actually have more control over your fate than you might think. Here are some startling facts to consider:

Of the 78,400 people killed in auto accidents in one recent year, nearly two-thirds of the victims – 52,200 people – would still be alive today if they (or somebody else) had not been driving recklessly. Speeding was the most responsible, followed by failure to yield the right of way, drifting across the center line, passing improperly, turning illegally, and tailgating.

Drinking is implicated in half of all fatal motor vehicle deaths. In one recent year, drinking was the cause of approximately 45,000 deaths and 380,000 injuries.

According to fire officials, nearly 80 percent of all fires happening in the home, killing approximately 6,000 Americans each year, could be avoided if smoke detectors were properly maintained.

Accidental falls kill more people over age 65 than any other injury. One study of an elderly population in one community found that 47 percent of all falls were caused by hazards in and around the house (tripping over rugs or objects or slipping on ice, for example). One out of six people who fell as a result of tripping over something had tripped over the same object before.

Each year, nearly 1,000 people are killed or paralyzed in diving accidents. Alcohol and drugs are associated with many of them.

Seventy five percent of boating fatalities are caused by falling overboard. Many of these deaths could be prevented if boaters would wear personal flotation devices.

All of the above-mentioned deaths, and many more could have been avoided, yet they happen all the time. An accident does not have to happen to you! You have a lot more control over your fate than you might think.

Here are a few questions to get answers to in order to exert more control over your life:

Do you drive defensively?

Do you wear a helmet when you go cycling?

Do you know how to control a skid or avert a head-on collision?

Do you take defensive actions against crime?

Do you know how to secure your home or avoid confrontation?

Would you know how to escape a burning house?

Would you know how to avoid danger if caught in a vulnerable situation such as swimming in a strong current?

Would you know what to do if you were caught in an earthquake or a tornado?

Accidents do not just happen to other people; proactive living combined with a little knowledge and quick action can go a long way toward keeping you safe and secure.

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6 Responses to Accidents Are Avoidable: How Equipped Are You?

  1. Katherine on September 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Those are some startling statistics, and yes a lot of them could have been avoided. Of course accidents will happen, but if we all try to live in a proactive way, we will have way less accidents.

    • Marie on September 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Absolutely, Katherine. Too many accidents happen everyday that could have been avoided.

  2. Sandy on October 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Very strong points. There is no doubt that if we all pay a little more attention to detail, and also be more mindful of others, many accidents could be avoided.

    Also, at times when driving we think that because we have been driving for so long we can practically drive without holding the steering wheel, or better yet close our eyes and drive which is the most dangerous concept to have. If we are the only driver on the road we could probably do that.

  3. Chris @ fayetteville carpet cleaning on November 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I am certainly not a chance kind of person. I pray the Lord to protect me and my entire family and that we make the right choices in a day, every day.

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