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Most Accidents in the United States Occur in the Home

Each year, more and more accidents are happening in the United States. In fact, data from the National Security Council shows that the number of accidents is increasing by 1.7% each year; in 2018, there were 93% more accidents than in 1992.

What is most striking is that most accidents occurring in the country took place in homes. Over half of all accidents reported in 2018 took place in a domestic environment. Read below to learn which are the most common types of accidents in the United States.

Article Contents

1 – Homes are Where Most Accidents Take Place

2 – Traffic Accidents and Those that Take Place in Public Spaces

3 – Demographics: 63-year-old Male Poison Victim

Although our homes are a place where we should feel safe, they are also the place where the most accidents are reported in the United States. Data from the National Security Council (NSC) shows that in 2018 (the most recent year for which we have complete data), 25 million preventable accidents were reported in homes in the United States. This represents 53.8% of the 46.5 million accidents reported during the year.

Numbers from the National Security Council are staggering, and show that accidents are happening with increasing frequency in our country. In fact, the number grew by 1.7% between 2017 and 2018. The worst part is that these accidents produced a total of 167,127 deaths in 2018, all of which could have been avoided with some prevention. Out of all these deaths, over half (53.4%) of them took place in homes.

This makes domestic accidents the most frequent type of accidents in the United States. Among the various types of mishaps occurring at home, poisoning is the number one cause of accidents, and even death. Poisoning includes consumption of drugs, medications and other liquid, solid, gas, or vapor substances that produce some type of toxic effect (excluding poisonings due to spoiled food, which are considered a health problem).

To get a sense of the seriousness of the problem, we can point to data from 2018, which showed that there were 62,399 deaths from poisoning in American homes. Many of these, even most of them, could have been avoided. They were preventable accidents.

2 – Traffic Accidents and Accidents in Public Spaces

After homes, highways and public spaces (streets, parks, beaches, forests, etc.) are the other main places where accidents occur. Traffic accidents are the most common, and according to the NSC, 4,300,000 occurred in 2018, which represents 27.1% of all accidents reported in the country. This is a significant amount, especially if we take into consideration that they resulted in 37,578 deaths, the large majority of which could have been avoided. We must also consider that this number includes only regular traffic accidents and not those affecting people who were working behind the wheel, given that those are classified as work accidents and in 2018 accounted for 200,000 accidents and 1,826 deaths.

After homes and vehicles, there are accidents that take place in public spaces. This includes streets, parks, beaches, forests, desserts, lakes, and rivers. These are where falls, drownings, fatal incidents, mudslides, and a number of other accidents can occur, the majority of which are also preventable. In 2018, the NSC registered 36,000 deaths from 12,600,000 accidents.

This striking number includes all types of accidents, from hunting accidents to those caused by natural disasters, such as tornadoes and floods, drownings in all types of bodies of water, and sporting accidents, among others.

Lastly, work accidents occurring on the job, not counting those that took place while driving, amounted to 4,400,000 and a total of 2,667 avoidable deaths in 2018.

As you can see from the statistics, this is a significant problem. Eight hundred and eighty-five people are injured in preventable accidents every 10 minutes. This implies an expense of billions of dollars and requires more and more public funds each year, new prevention plans, and investments in safety infrastructure. 

3 – Demographics: 63-year-old Male Poison Victim

We have already seen which accidents are most common in the United States. Now, we must look at their most common victims. According to data from the NSC, it is clear that those suffering the most accidents in the United States are males of around 63 years of age who are victims of some type of poisoning in the home.

This information allows us to better understand the phenomenon of preventable accidents. Data also shows that young adults and adolescents are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, while the consumption or inhalation of some type of toxic substance is the most frequent cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 22 and 67.

Looking at the differences between men and women, men are far more likely to have an accident at nearly any age. Only after the age of 84 do women become more likely than to have an accident than men, because they have a much longer life expectancy and there are far more women than men alive in this age range.

The difference is especially stark between 15 and 70 years of age. Throughout all these years men suffer far more accidents, and as such, many more preventable deaths than women.

Gender is a clear differentiating factor for certain types of accidents. For example, men are involved in almost twice the number of accidents as women. For car accidents, 27,953 males lost their lives in 2018, compared to 11,451 women. The only type of accident where both sexes are equally at risk is falls, with around 19,000 men and women suffering this type of accident in 2018.

The numbers speak for themselves. Accidents happen, and with increasing frequency. They are the cause of completely preventable deaths and affect all sectors of the population, especially men, as well as adolescents, young adults, and adults, including women. Considering this, you need to have extra protection, and the best way is by acquiring personal accident insurance.