An estimated 236,000 men, women, and children die in drowning accidents every year around the world. That number breaks down to 647 global drowning deaths each day. In the United States, an overage of 3,960 unintentional drowning deaths occur annually, or approximately 11 drowning fatalities a day across the country.
States with the Most Deadly Drowning Accidents in the U.S.A.
The states with the most drowning deaths per capita in the U.S.A. are:
People Most at Risk to Die by Drowning in the United States
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified three categories of people who are at higher risk for drowning. These are:
Children between the ages of one and four are at the highest risk for drowning in the country. Most of these deadly drowning accidents occur in swimming pools.
Males account for almost 80 percent of all fatal drowning incidents in the country. The CDC attributes this to the fact that males (particularly younger ones) are more prone to engage in risk-taking behaviors in and around water. In addition, males tend to drink more often and in greater amounts than women when they are involved in water-related activities.
Certain minority groups also appear to have a higher incidence of drowning in the U.S.A. Native Americans (including Alaskan Native People) 29 years and younger are two times as likely to die by drowning than their white counterparts. Black Americans are 1.5 times as likely to die by drowning than white individuals.
Safety Tips to Reduce Rate of Drowning
There are a number of strategies that can be employed in order to reduce the risk of drowning. These include:
Creating and maintaining a secure perimeter around all pools. These perimeters need to include fences that are at least six feel tall and self-locking gates. In addition, the pool deck should be armed with a motion-triggered alarm. The pool itself should also be alarmed to alert if someone enters or falls into the water when the pool is not supposed to be occupied.
A pool area should be appropriately stocked with all basic first aid equipment.
Children should never be allowed to enter the pool area without attentive adult supervision.
Alcohol and water activities do not mix. A person should not drink if he or she will be involved in water-related activities.
Whenever practical, a person should learn CPR.
Legal Rights After a Fatal Drowning Accident
If you have lost a beloved family member in a fatal drowning accident, the legal team at The Doan Law Firm is here for you. You can connect with a compassionate, dedicated, and experienced Doan Law Firm drowning accident attorney any time of the day or night by calling us at (800) 349-0000. We keep our drowning accident lawyer telephone line staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all major holidays.
A nationwide law firm, we can schedule an initial consultation with a skilled drowning accident attorney at any one of our 40 offices located across the country. We can also schedule an appointment with a drowning accident lawyer at your home or any other location that is convenient and comfortable for you. A virtual appointment with a Doan Law Firm drowning accident attorney can be arranged online as well. There is a never a fee charged for an appointment with a drowning accident lawyer at our firm.
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee pledge to you. Our firm will never charge an attorney fee unless we win your case for you. Our drowning accident attorney team is dedicated to fight tirelessly for you in your case. We strive for justice, accountability and the compensation you deserve. Our goal as a firm is to win and to win big.