In the United States, most people pass away due to natural causes like disease or old age. However, other deaths are accidental. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), accidental deaths have been on the rise since 2017

Unsurprisingly, many of those fatalities occur in Baltimore, which is one of the largest cities in the country. The following are some of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the city.

Car Accidents

Car crashes are a common type of accident in any state. The good news is that the vast majority of car accidents don’t result in fatalities. Most collisions don’t even result in injuries. However, when cars are moving quickly enough — and when people don’t wear their seat belts — car accidents can result in fatalities.

The most dangerous vehicle accidents are usually those that involve trucks or pedestrians. As a pedestrian, you should be particularly wary between September and December. According to the CDC, pedestrian deaths are most common in these months.

Construction Accidents

Despite strict OSHA guidelines, construction accidents are one of the most common causes of on-the-job fatalities in the U.S. 

Construction sites are often inherently dangerous, and fatalities can be caused by:

  • Falls
  • Falling objects
  • Poor training
  • Power tools
  • Construction site vehicles
  • Lack of personal protective equipment

If a loved one dies in a construction accident, you should contact a wrongful death lawyer right away to determine your legal options.


The CDC cites drowning deaths as most common in July and nearby months. This is when people are most likely to go swimming.

In Baltimore, there are plenty of places to swim. The city has a fair number of indoor and outdoor swimming pools where people like to escape the heat of the summer weather.

The city also has a large bay. While swimming in the bay is uncommon, many people visit the stores built on the docks or travel around the bay on boats. 

Either of these situations can result in someone slipping and falling into the bay, potentially resulting in a drowning fatality.

Medical Malpractice

Baltimore is home to some of the biggest and most impressive hospitals in the country. Usually, when you visit these hospitals for any reason, you receive exceptional care and come out in better condition than you entered.

Unfortunately, some doctors provide subpar care to their patients. When this happens, patients may die due to violations of professional standards. This is the worst possible result of medical malpractice.

Defective Products

Decades ago, when a company built a defective product, the product would harm people in a limited area or a single country. Today, it is easy for products to be shipped anywhere in the world. This means that almost any defective product can potentially hurt anyone.

Thankfully, most defective products are recalled before many people are injured. Unfortunately, though, it isn’t uncommon for fatalities to occur before a recall is issued. Due to the population size of Baltimore, residents of the city may be more likely to be tragically affected by products with potentially fatal defects.

Accidental Does Not Mean Unpreventable

Some deaths are truly accidents. If you trip over your feet and tumble down a flight of stairs, there was probably nothing you could have done to prevent it. However, most accidents are the result of preventable circumstances.

By understanding these common causes of accidental deaths, you can take appropriate care when you are in a situation where an accident could occur in Baltimore.

Contact the Baltimore Wrongful Death Law Firm of WGK Personal Injury Lawyers Today For Help

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