An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a brain injury and 12,000 – 20,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury every year. That is one person every 21 seconds. This means that in the short time it has taken you to read these facts, approximately 13 people have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
The common causes of brain and spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports and recreation. 51 percent of incidents resulting in brain injury occur on the weekend. And most brain injuries take place at night.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and St.Vincent Health have teamed together to help educate kids, youth and teens on brain and spinal cord injury prevention.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation offers a number of 'Fast Facts' sheets, with safety tips and other information for children and adults.
For more information on injury prevention, visit the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation at www.thinkfirst.org. The website provides information on how to get involved in your local ThinkFirstchapter and offers resources to download for schools and communities.
For more information on the St.Vincent ThinkFirst chapter, or to schedule a presentation, please contact Karen Terrell at 317.338.2336 or 317.460.9459. You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three main types of distraction:
Distracted driving is any
non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him
or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.
While all distractions can
endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all
three types of distraction.
Other distracting activities include:
Did You Know?
Driver distraction could
present a serious and potentially deadly danger. In 2009, 5,474 people were
killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in
motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving.
Distracted driving comes in various forms, such as cell phone use, texting
while driving, eating, drinking, talking with passengers, as well as using
in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices.
Research on distracted driving reveals some surprising
pose a deadly risk to everyone on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2008, the most recent year for which
data is available, 5,870 people lost their lives and another 515,000
were injured in police-reported crashes in which one form of
distraction was noted on the crash report.1 Drivers engage in a
range of distracting activities.
Here are 10
tips for managing some of the most common distractions.
1 Traffic Safety Facts. An Examination of Driver Distraction as
Recorded in NHTSA Databases, September 2008.