Maryland Accidental Injuries and Deaths Report

June 15, 2012 by  
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About 56 out of every 100,000 Maryland residents will die due to an accidental injury or violence, according to the findings of a new report. However, researchers concluded that Maryland and other states could do more to reduce the risk of injury by passing injury prevention laws.

Maryland Accidental InjuryThe average rate of Maryland accidental injury and violence deaths was right around the average rate for the entire United States, which had an average of 57.9 out of every 100,000 people dying from injury or violence between the ages of one and 44. Nationwide, that includes 12,000 children and teens each year. In addition, about 2.8 million Americans are hospitalized due to accidents annually.

The information was detailed in a report, “The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report”, released last month by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).

Researchers covered a broad range of injuries, from motorcycle accidents to slip-and-fall injuries, recommending that states pass a variety of injury prevention measures, such as bicycle helmet requirements for children, car seat requirements, motorcycle helmet laws, primary seatbelt laws and other measures.

“There are proven, evidence-based strategies that can spare millions of Americans from injuries each year,” said TFAH Executive Director Jeff Levi, PhD. “This report focuses on specific, scientifically supported steps we can take to make it easier for Americans to keep themselves and their families safer.”

Maryland scored an 8 out of 10 on key indicators for steps that can be taken to prevent injuries, which helped the state have the 15th lowest rate of injury-related deaths for Americans. Maryland currently has primary seat belt laws, helmet laws and other programs in place that are supported by the report. However, the two areas where the state failed to do all it can to prevent accidental injuries and violence were:

  • Drunk driving laws that require mandatory ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, even first offenders. Such programs were are in place in at least 16 other states.
  • Teen dating violence laws failed to receive an “A” in the “Break the Cycle” report. At least six states and Washington, D.C. received that high grade.

Emerging threats identified by the report include increasing prescription drug abuse, concussions and traumatic brain injuries suffered during school sports, bullying, and auto accidents caused by texting while driving.

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