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6/2/2014 - NSC releases latest injury report

The National Safety Council’s latest fact sheet uncovers the most common injuries Americans suffer.

The National Safety Council recently released a report on the number of injuries and incidents that have occurred in the past few years among private citizens and businesses. Though some improvements were made in certain areas, there were also issues that could use some work.

For example, the "Injury Facts" report found that an estimated 5% of cellphone-related crashes involved individuals who were texting while driving. Additionally, approximately 1 in 5 was attributed to motorists who were using a hands-free device. NSC found that overall the use of the cellphone is estimated to be involved in more than a quarter of all motor vehicle crashes.

Impaired driving also continues to be a leading contributor to accidents, including those in which an auto insurance claim needs to be filed. For example, NSC found that the highest percentage of highway deaths involving alcohol is around New Year's Day - more than any other holiday period.

John Ulczycki, vice president of strategic initiatives at NSC, indicated that the report should serve as a warning to Americans about the risks involved with various pursuits.

"'Injury Facts' is a valuable tool to help leaders in business, government, public health, safety, and the media understand that injury data are a necessary step to reducing injuries and fatalities and making our world safer for all," said Ulczycki.

Entrepreneurs may be interested in the report as well, as liability is a common concern in the business place, which is why it's important that business owners have the right insurance protection in place.  For example, NSC found that falls are a leading contributor to workers compensation claims and tend to be the most costly due to the effects it can have on the head or central nervous system.

Starting today and running through June 6th, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding its "National Safety Stand Down," and is urging the entrepreneurs within the industry to take part.

For more information on liability protection, whether for business owners or private citizens, talk to your local Selective agent.

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