Tuscon, Arizona is the second largest city in the state with a population of 520,116 and with a metropolitan statistical area population of nearly 1 million residents. The city is often referred to as “Optics Valley” because of the nearly 150 companies within Tuscon which are involved in the designing and manufacturing of optics and optoelectronics.
It is believed that Tuscon was first visited by Paleo-Indians 12,000 years ago. The area seemed to have had a fairly calm existence where the inhabitants focused mostly on the growing of beans, corn and other crops, along with hunting and gathering. However, after the city’s founder Hugo O’Conor authorized the construction of a fort in the area, Tuscon underwent a number of attacks by the Spaniards. From then there city was owned by Spain, Mexico, and eventually in 1853 it became a part of the United States.
A Global Tourist Destination
Tuscon is a perfect place to take a vacation. Teeming with outdoor recreational activities, indoor entertainment and world class dining, thousands of tourists flock the city year after year to also bask in the area’s enviable climate.
Having visitors from outside of the city helps keep the city thriving and lively, but it also increases the risk of injury. The potential for car and pedestrian accidents increases as those who are unfamiliar with the city try to navigate the streets and sidewalks. But another common injury which distracted travelers often suffer from are slip and fall injuries.
A Look at the Statistics
Most of the studies involving slip and fall injuries focus on the workplace. In the United States, an average of one slip and fall accident occurs every two minutes, accounting for more than 300,000 injuries a year. The US Department of Labor states that 15% of accidental workplace deaths are caused by slips and falls despite this being the number one preventable type of loss.
The statistics which are more related to travelers are those which affect individuals who are 65 years of age and older. In Arizona we have a fair amount of older individuals visiting or living within Tuscon. Unfortunately, according to information from the CDC, more than 2.5 million seniors were treated in the ER for slip and fall related injuries in 2013 and 25,500 died due to their injuries.
How to Protect Yourself from Slips and Falls
Whether you live in Tuscon or are visiting the area, the number one way to prevent yourself from suffering from a slip and fall is to remain alert. Stay fully aware of your surroundings at all times, wear appropriate footwear, and try to acquaint yourself with where you are going prior to taking off.
If you do happen to suffer a slip and fall, receive medical assistance immediately. Once treated, contact one of our personal injury attorneys at the Ruhmann Law Firm. We offer free consultations to injured persons so that we can discuss your specific case and to see whether or not you have a claim.
To arrange for your free consultation, we invite you to contact us today at (915) 845-4529.