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Denver, CO 80206

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What are your Odds of Dying?

Death is inevitable for us all. While no one knows the exact day or hour of their passing, in the end, it is something we will all experience. For many of us, this creates extreme anxiety that can develop into phobias about airplane crashes, tornados, or salmonella. Yet what are your odds of dying? You may be surprised!   Odds of Dying:
  • Heart Disease – 1 in 388
  • Cancer – 1 in 499
  • Unintentional injuries – 1 in 2,228
  • Diabetes – 1 in 4,009
  • Motor vehicle accident – 1 in 6,585
  • Gun shot – 1 in 8,802
  • Narcotic drugs – 1 in 34,843
  • Falling objects – 1 in 373,787
  • Electrocution – 1 in 493,153
  • Airplane crash – 1 in 659,779
  • Alcohol – 1 in 811,102
  • Lightening strike – 1 in 3,106,880
  • Dog bite – 1 in 15,966,734
  • Domestic hijacking – 1 in 16,817,784
  • Venomous snakes or spiders – 1 in 54,049,600
  What is particularly interesting is that a large portion of Americans are afraid of spiders, snakes, or airplane crashes—yet it is the simple motor vehicle accident or unintentional injury that we should fear more.   Motor Vehicle Accidents & Death In 2012, more than 33,000 people died in car crashes across the country and this was 1,000 more than the previous year (a 3.3% increase). In particular, pedestrians and motorcyclists represented the most increase in fatalities—especially in states without a universal helmet law. Deaths involving drunk drivers increased as well by 4.6%, as did deaths from distracted driving, such as talking on cellphones and texting while driving.   Tips for Avoiding Car Accident Death While you can’t prevent every accident from occurring, the steps you take before you get into a motor vehicle can have a huge impact on your safety. Consider the following tips:
  • Always keep your tires properly inflated and check to be sure there is enough tread left on your tires.
  • If you are going to be consuming alcohol or drugs, be sure you have a safe way to get home. NEVER drink and drive or drive under the influence of marijuana or other drugs.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, even in states that do not have universal helmet laws. Wearing a helmet is the single best way to prevent deadly traumatic brain injuries.
  • Always wear your seatbelt when driving or riding as a passenger in a car. Seatbelts save lives each and every day. From 2004 to 2008, more than 75,000 lives were saved by seatbelt use.
  • Keep your attention on the road at all times. Never use a cellphone to talk or text while driving—it can wait. Keep your cellphone in your glove box if you are tempted to use it while in the car.
  • Know where you are going ahead of time. Look at a map and decide the best route to take to arrive at your destination safely. Waiting until you are in the car and driving is the worst time to begin looking for directions.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, consider investing in some heavy duty riding gear to protect your eyes, face, and skin. This can prevent devastating road rash injuries from occurring.
  • Use your headlights even in the daytime. This will allow other cars to see you on the road, even in nice weather.
  • Change your wiper blades frequently. Rainstorms can come on suddenly. If you are caught in a rainstorm without good windshield wipers, you may find that your vision is impaired and reaction time slower. Be sure to replace your wiper blades on a regular basis.
  Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.