More and more Americans are dying from unintentional deaths than ever before. From drownings, overdoses, falls, motor vehicle crashes, and more, our nation is stricken by fatal accidents almost every four minutes.
The scary truth about such accidents is that they are mostly unavoidable. You cannot foresee something like a motor vehicle crash or a fall, these incidents happen to anyone within a blink of an eye. However, despite this, there are ways we can try to protect ourselves and protect our loved ones to avoid such accidents.
Depending on where you live, your chances of dying by an accidental cause are higher than others. A study by Weiss & Paarz analyzed CDC Wonder data to gather rates by state over the last five years. The study determined which states have the highest rates of unintentional death by causes such as poisoning, motor vehicle crashes, and drowning.
- West Virginia – 47.4 deaths per 100k residents age 15+
- Ohio – 36.3 deaths per 100k residents age 15+
- Kentucky – 33.6 deaths per 100k residents age 15+
Motor Vehicle Deaths
- Mississippi – 28.5 deaths per 100k residents age 15+
- Alabama – 23.6 deaths per 100k residents age 15+
- South Carolina – 22.5 deaths per 100k residents age 15+
- Louisiana – 2.59 deaths per 100k residents age 1-14
- Florida – 2.44 deaths per 100k residents age 1-14
- Alaska – 2.20 deaths per 100k residents age 1-14
Per cause, the highest unintentional death rates tend to be highest in the same regions. Looking from a nationwide perspective, the West Coast appears to have fewer unintentional deaths as a whole compared to the rest of the country.