Whether you're on the job, on the town or on vacation, safety should always be a top concern. To that end, the National Safety Council initiated National Safety Month, celebrating each June with education and outreach programs shared with thousands of businesses and organizations across the country. Personal injury attorneys with Houston's Grossman Law Firm urge you to take note of the annual observation and adopt safe habits, at work, at home and at play.
This year, organizers of the NSC's National Safety Month celebration developed programs and materials aimed at helping Americans to reduce risk in four areas of high concern – Prescription drug abuse; slips, trips and falls; premises liabilities; and distracted driving. Here's why:
- Prescription drug abuse: Here in the United States alone, more than 15 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and many of them are teenagers. In fact, prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing. While the abuser typically makes the choice himself, in many cases, negligence on the part of physicians or pharmacies that fail to recognize and properly address risk factors in patients can contribute to prescription drug abuse or addiction.
- Slips, trips and falls: Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and the second leading cause of unintentional deaths nationwide. Risk increases with age and the consequences can be life-altering or even fatal when a fall causes serious injuries to the back, neck or head.
- Premises liabilities: Being aware of your surroundings can help prevent many premises-related injuries. Risks can run the gamut from slip or trip hazards on walkways to lax security that leaves you vulnerable to an attack, theft or other criminal activity.
- Distracted driving: Statistics show that more than 3,320 Americans were killed in automobile crashes in which distracted driving was a contributing factor in 2012, and federal estimates suggest that annual death toll since has risen to upward of 5,000. In fact, driver distraction is a factor in 16 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide. Texting, dialing or talking on cell phones, eating, conversing with passengers and even tending to children all are forms of distracted driving that regularly cause serious accidents and devastating injuries.