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More Americans dying from accidents each year

A new report from the National Safety Council said that more Americans are dying from accidents each year, mainly from overdoses and falls.

More Americans dying from accidents each year

The report said that in 2014, more than 136,000 Americans died accidentally. It is 4.2 percent more than the year before and a jump of 15.5 percent over a decade. And the accident rate has risen despite a 22 percent plunge in car crash deaths since 2005.

Overdose and accidental poisonings have increased 78 percent over a decade - dethroning car crashes as the No. 1 accidental killer in the U.S.

They killed 42,032 people, about 6,000 more than vehicle accidents. Opioid overdoses killed 13,486 people in 2014, the non-profit safety council reported.

"It's all preventable. Every accident is preventable," said Ken Kolosh, the safety council's statistical manager, in a press conference. He added that people are not accident prone, but not enough measures are taken by society to prevent people from dying by accident.

The place where you live can more than double the rate of accidental deaths. Maryland, California and New York have the lowest accidental death rates - around 30 per 100,000 people. West Virginia - driven by overdoses, Kolosh said - has the highest accidental death rate at 75.2 per 100,000, followed by Oklahoma (64.3) and Montana (61.4). The national average is 41.3 accidental deaths per 100,000 people.

"Unintentional injuries are clearly a real public health issue," said George Gray, a George Washington University public health professor and expert on risk.

Overdoses, poisonings and falls accounted for around 25% of accidental deaths in 1999. Now, they are more half of them.