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Leading Causes Of Accidental Injuries

Leading Causes Of Accidental InjurieAccidental injuries are very common and, in many situations, can lead to a personal injury claim. These claims are complicated matters, and you want to have an experienced Matthews personal injury lawyer protecting your rights. 


We never want to think that the worst-case scenarios could ever happen to us or our loved ones, and ideally, they never will. But even so, no one is exempt from risking unintentional injury; whether fatal or nonfatal, these unintentional injuries send millions of unlucky people to the emergency room every year.


If another person or party’s negligence contributed to your unintentional injury, you may be able to deem them liable in a personal injury lawsuit and recover some of the damages you lost. It’s important to be cognizant of the risks behind these unintentional accident injuries and what you can do to overcome them.


Read on to learn more about the three leading causes of negligent unintentional injuries, and why you should work with a trusted Matthews personal injury lawyer from Panchenko Law Firm to overcome them.


Motor Vehicle Collisions

Besides suicide and homicide, motor vehicle collisions comprise the country’s 2nd leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, according to the CDC. A lot of variables and risk factors could contribute to unintentional injuries and fatalities on the road, such as:


  1. Distracted driving
  2. Intoxicated driving
  3. Drowsy driving
  4. Hazardous road conditions
  5. Inclement weather
  6. Mechanical malfunctions


A driver guilty of any one of the first three bullet points will almost certainly be deemed at fault (or at least, holding a majority of the fault) for any unintentional injuries or deaths in a motor vehicle collision.


Even if hazardous road conditions or mechanical errors are purely to blame for your motor vehicle accident, you may still be able to name the negligent road workers or vehicle manufacturers as liable parties in a lawsuit, preferably with the help of a Matthews personal injury lawyer.


Slips and Falls

Beyond motor vehicle collisions, the World Health Organization has deemed slips and falls the world’s second leading cause of unintentional injury death as of 2021. A variety of risk factors could cause slip or fall injuries to occur around a property, and if a property owner fails to adequately attend to these risks, they could be found liable in a personal injury lawsuit.


Such risk factors include:


  1. Wet floors
  2. Loose stairs or flooring
  3. Icy sidewalks
  4. Uneven sidewalks
  5. Uneven surfaces
  6. Potholes


If a property owner fails to attend to these issues around their space or fails to implement adequate warning signs until they can attend to them, then that may constitute negligence.


Unintentional Poisoning

The CDC attributes over 65,773 fatalities to unintentional poisoning every year. A particularly vulnerable demographic to suffering accidental poisoning are young children, who may lack the understanding to discern certain household cleaning products or medicines from candy, or the know-how to understand why they’re harmful.


Other causes of unintentional poisoning (that may affect people of all ages) include:


  1. Poisoning from illegal drugs or misuse of legal drugs
  2. Taking the wrong dose of prescription drugs
  3. Food poisoning
  4. Cleaning agent misuse
  5. Carbon monoxide poisoning


The parties responsible for all of these unintentional poisonings may be found liable and legally held to account.


Choose the Right Matthews Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve got questions about how to resolve your personal injury case, The Panchenko Law Firm can help you find the answers. Contact our Matthews Personal Injury Lawyers today to learn more!

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