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What is the leading cause of nonfatal injuries?

There are thousands of ways to be injured on a day-to-day basis in Colorado. Threats are everywhere, from being hit by a car as you pull out of your driveway to slipping on a wet floor at the grocery store to falling down an ill-maintained stairway at work. While you can't predict them all, it does help to know what the leading causes of injuries are in the United States so you know how these are likely to occur.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the No. 1 cause of injury from those from 0-9 is an unintentional fall. The same is true for anyone who is over 24. Even when things are broken down into five-year age groups, falls top the list almost every single time.

The only time this changes is for those between the ages of 10 and 24. For them, the leading cause of nonfatal injuries is being struck by an object or struck against an object.

For example, they could be more likely to be injured in a car accident, hit by a car while riding a bike, or something of this nature. As people reach this age, transportation becomes exceedingly dangerous. However, the risk does drop when they reach the age of 25, as that's when experience begins to help lower the odds of being involved in a traffic accident.

It doesn't lower it by much, though. For all of the other age groups in which "struck by/against" is not the No. 1 cause of injury, it's locked in solidly at No. 2.

Have you been injured in a car accident or an unintentional fall? These injuries are more common than anything else, and, if someone else was to blame or caused it due to negligence, you may be able to seek compensation.

Source: CDC, "Leading Cause of Nonfatal Injury," accessed Oct. 07, 2016

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