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Most Common Fatal Accidents in the United States


Published in Car Accidents,Personal Injury,wrongful death on December 14, 2020.

A loved one’s death can be traumatic, especially if their death was caused by a preventable situation. Whether you lost a loved one in a car accident, a fall, a work accident, or some other accident, a wrongful death attorney can help.

Far too many preventable deaths happen each day in the United States. Many of these deaths can be linked to the negligence or carelessness of someone else or even a business or government entity. If you recently lost someone you love to a preventable accident, contact an experienced Macon wrongful death lawyer for help. You or someone in your family might have a valid wrongful death claim for compensation. 

The Most Common Fatal Accidents in the U.S.

Injuries are the leading cause of death of those between the ages of one and 44. Every year, approximately 214,000 Americans die from an injury. That’s one person every three minutes. In 2013 alone, the costs associated with fatal injuries were $214 billion. Unintentional injury deaths are the third leading cause of death in this country.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the following most common fatal accidents as of 2018:

  • Unintentional fall deaths: 37,455 or 11.4 per 100,000 people
  • Motor vehicle traffic deaths: 37,991 or 11.6 per 100,000 people
  • Unintentional poisoning deaths: 62,399 or 19.1 per 100,000 people

Other causes of preventable fatal accidents include:

  • Drowning
  • Fires and burns
  • Falls
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Work accidents

Georgia’s Wrongful Death Laws

Georgia’s wrongful death statute defines a “wrongful death” as the death of one person resulting from the “negligent, reckless, intentional, or criminal” actions of another person or entity. Negligence refers to a lack of reasonable care. Typically, a representative of the decedent can file a wrongful death claim if a personal injury claim could have been filed by the deceased on their own behalf if they were still alive. 

Georgia’s wrongful death statute allows the surviving parent or parents of the deceased or the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate to file a wrongful death claim. When you contact an experienced Macon wrongful death attorney after a loved one’s death, they can help determine who should bring the claim. Sometimes it is more than one person. 

Those filing the lawsuit generally have two years from the date of their family member’s death to do so. However, in some circumstances, it could be longer. Consulting with a Macon wrongful death lawyer is the best way to ensure your claim is filed within the state’s statute of limitations.

A Compassionate Macon Wrongful Death Attorney

The death of a loved one is no less than devastating. Grief is made worse when their death the result of a preventable situation. The deceased’s family members need to be aware of their rights before speaking with the other party’s insurance company.

Call Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law at (478) 746-1468 or use our online contact form today to arrange for your no-cost wrongful death case review with a compassionate Macon wrongful death lawyer.