When we hear about sudden injuries or deaths that seem to occur in non-typical locations or situations, we may not be aware of how common these types of accidents are.
5. Escalators Injure and Kill Enough People to Fill a Minor League Baseball Stadium
While most people see escalators as being innocuous, in 2013 they injured or killed 12,260 people in the US. Under the law, escalators are considered a common carrier, and operators can often be liable for these accidents. Oddly enough, escalators kill 18 times as many people as elevators.
4. Thousands Of People Every Year Die From Literally Walking Down The Street
Think about how many stories begin with “I was just walking down the street when…” An average of 6,000 people each year are killed while simply crossing the street. Many people don’t realize that even if you are jaywalking, a driver can be liable if they hit you.
3. Amusement Park Ride Injuries Are More Common than Shark Attacks
In 2011, there were 1,204 injuries reported at over 400 amusement parks. Amusement park rides are considered common carriers that requires the operators to take every precaution to ensure safety. It doesn’t always work out that way, though.
2. Yearly Deaths by Hospital Error Are More than the Population of Minneapolis
A 2013 study estimated that nearly 440,000 people die each year from preventable errors at U.S. hospitals. And, according to the National Hospital Discharge Survey, you have a 1 in 1,523 chance of dying due to any complication from medical care.
1. Over a Half-Million Cyclists Visit Emergency Rooms Every Year
Every year, an average of 540,000 cyclists visit the ER for injuries sustained in accidents. That’s enough cyclists to completely fill Wembley Stadium… six times. Many of these accidents result from drivers not knowing the law, and not paying attention.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, or have lost someone close to you, it’s important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. Use our form below for your free consultation to learn about your rights. Call today: 888.845.9696.