Georgia residents and others who are 44 or younger are most likely to die because of an unintended injury. This is according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, there are ways to minimize the chances that a person is the victim of an unintentional injury. For instance, individuals should be sure to never drive while impaired by alcohol or any other substance.

Both adults and children should be properly restrained while in a vehicle regardless of how far they are going. Adults should wear a seat belt while younger children should be restrained by a car seat designed for their height and weight. According to the CDC, children can generally start using a normal seat belt by age 12. Ideally, a child who is 12 or younger will sit in the back seat regardless of how he or she is restrained.

Finally, drivers should make sure that they don’t engage in distracted driving. A common form of distracted driving is using a cell phone while a car is in motion. When a car is traveling a 55 miles per hour, it can travel about 100 yards in five seconds. That is the amount of time it takes to send or receive a text message according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A person who is hurt in an auto accident may experience broken bones, lacerations or a head injury. This could result in chronic pain and an overall decrease in quality of life. Individuals who are involved in a motor vehicle accident may benefit from hiring an attorney. He or she might review the case and work to obtain a favorable outcome for an injured victim. This may result in compensation for medical bills and lost wages.