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Four Common Causes of Personal Injuries


Personal injuries generally happen when you least expect them. You may be out running errands or performing daily activities, or even enjoying good times with family and friends. In a split second, dangerous conditions or the reckless acts of another can leave you suffering injuries that have the potential to be severe. While you cannot predict when an accident will happen, being aware of the most common causes of personal injuries can help you reduce your risks.

Four Common Types of Accidents and Injuries

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental injuries impact more than 39 million people each year, and are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

Injuries can happen anywhere, including at home, work, while running errands at the grocery, or while out for dinner and when engaged in sports or hobbies. CDC fact sheets, based on reports from U.S. hospitals, indicate the following are the four most common types of accidents that result in injuries serious enough as to require emergency room care:

  1. Slips and falls: More than nine million people are injured as the result of slip, trip, and fall injuries each year. These accidents often occur in public places, such as grocery stores, retail establishments, malls, office buildings, and in other public places. They are generally caused by dangerous conditions, such as wet, slippery floors, uneven walkways, and a lack of proper lighting or handrails.
  2. Being struck by or against an object: Leading to more than four million injuries each year, these accidents can happen at home, work, or in public places. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are among the most common causes, along with injuries due to falling debris, overstocked shelves, poorly attached fixtures, and get caught in between machinery on construction sites.
  3. Overexertion: Impacting more than three million people each year, injuries due to overexertion often occur during sports and recreational activities. These are also common on a variety of job sites, and are a leading factor in Florida workers’ compensation claims.
  4. Car accidents: Close to three million people suffer serious and often life-threatening injuries each year as the result of car crashes and collisions. Reckless driving behaviors on the part of other drivers, such as speeding, drunk driving, and driving while distracted, are often to blame.

Among the most common injuries suffered as a result of the above include muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears, broken bones, severe cuts and lacerations, and head, back, or neck injuries.

Contact Us Today for Help

While commonly referred to as ‘accidents’, personal injuries generally result due to the reckless and negligent actions of others. Hold responsible parties accountable when injuries occur and call or contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III online. Whether through an insurance claim or by filing a lawsuit against the at fault party, a Fort Pierce personal injury attorney can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover. Request your free consultation today.


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