Negligence cases involving car accidents are well known. However, falls or slip-and-fall accidents are even more prevalent but seemingly go unnoticed. After car crashes, falling is the second leading cause of death by injury in this country and causes 32,000 deaths each year.
These numbers are four times greater than the number of fatalities caused by drowning and fire combined. Approximately three times as many people are killed in this country by falling than by firearms. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that falls, more than any other accident, was the greatest cause of patients going to emergency rooms. Falls led to visits at a rate that is three times greater than car accidents.