What Are the Leading Causes of Death in the United States?

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The leading causes of death in the United States include heart disease, cancer, COVID-19, and accidents or unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 1 to 44 years old and include falls, motor vehicle accidents, and accidental drug overdoses.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains:

Injuries and violence affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status.”

Anyone can get into a car crash or fall down the stairs, and many times, someone else’s negligence is to blame.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

On the road, a moment of carelessness can end someone’s life. In 2020 alone, an estimated 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. If you have been impacted by another’s behind the wheel actions, you should not have to face the consequences alone.

Foley Griffin helps individuals and families move forward after motor vehicle accidents caused by negligence. We handle cases involving:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Drinking and driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Improper turns
  • Failure to yield
  • Intersection accidents
  • Aggressive driving
  • Road rage
  • Reckless driving
  • Commercial vehicles (large trucks and buses)

Every driver owes others on the road a duty of care, and if someone fails to uphold this duty, we can hold them accountable. More importantly, we can help you and your family get the resources you need to grieve and recover.

Falls

Unintentional falls are a significant problem. Sadly, many slips, trips, and falls are the result of unsafe premises.

Wet and uneven floors, broken steps, missing railings, inadequate lighting, and even icy sidewalks can cause devastating slip and fall accidents.

Because these are known hazards, property owners have a responsibility to remove them from their premises or warn visitors and guests of the danger.

If your loved one suffers a fatal fall on someone else’s property, the property owner may be liable for their death.

While no amount of money will change what happened, damages can help you get a sense of justice and afford end-of-life expenses, like medical care, funeral and burial costs, and more.

Unintentional Injuries and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

When you lose a loved one to a preventable accident, you may be entitled to compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit. A death can trigger legal action when someone dies because of someone else’s careless act, omission, or intentional act.

The leading causes of wrongful death lawsuits mirror the leading causes of death in the United States.

Our firm handles cases triggered by car, truck, and motorcycle accidents and slips, trips, and falls. Since 1997, Foley Griffin has been helping the injured and bereaved recover damages and move forward. We treat every client with dignity and respect and handle cases with integrity and personalized attention.

If you need help with a wrongful death lawsuit, please do not hesitate to contact our firm. We do not get paid unless you win, so call us at (888) 966-8480 to schedule your free, confidential consultation today.

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