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Fort Lauderdale is a city in the state of Florida, and is located 28 miles north of the city of Miami. As the county seat of Broward County, it is the main city within the South Florida metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the city was populated by 165,521 people.
The city is a popular tourist attraction, with an average temperature of 75.5°F (24.2°C) throughout the year, and 3,000 hours of sunshine annually. In 2012, Greater Fort Lauderdale, which includes all of Broward County, had 12 million visitors. Of these, 2.8 million were from outside the U.S. Among the attractions the city has to offer are:
- More than 4,000 restaurants
- 63 golf courses
- 12 shopping malls
- 16 museums
- 132 nightclubs
- 278 parkland campsites
- 100 marinas on which there are 45,000 resident yachts
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has an area of 38.6 sq. miles, of which land comprises 34.7 sq. miles, and water makes up the remaining 3.8 sq. miles. Fort Lauderdale is famous for its vast network of canals. Inside the city limits, there are 165 miles of waterways. The city is next to the Atlantic Ocean, and consists of seven miles of beaches.
A report by CNBC described Fort Lauderdale as the most dangerous city for driving in the U.S. The other cities in Florida that were represented on the list of 15 cities were Jacksonville, Orlando and St. Petersburg. Fort Lauderdale had the highest fatality rate per 100,000 people, with 22.39.
According to the report from CNBC, some attribute Florida’s poor driving record to the large number of people who move to the state and may be driving for the first time. The report cited instances of New York City transplants, people moving to Florida from outside the U.S. tourists driving on strange land, and college-age people on Spring Break who may be driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Slip and fall accidents
Fatalities from slip and fall accidents are almost equal between men and women. However, such accidents are more prevalent among women. The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that falls were the reason for five percent of job-related deaths among women, and 11 percent of such fatalities among men.
More than eight million hospital emergency room visits result from slip and fall accidents, making them the primary cause of visits (21.3 percent). Slips and falls are responsible for more than one million visits, or 12 percent of all falls. The most severe injury that occurs as a result of falls are fractures, which affect five percent of all those who fall. While slips and falls do not represent the principal cause of occupational injuries, they are the main reason people lose time from work. They are the primary cause of workers’ compensation claims, and the main cause of occupational injury for people age 55 and older.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that floors and flooring materials are contributing factors to over two million injuries from falls every year. Half of all accidental fatalities in the home are caused by a fall. The majority of all fall injuries in the home occur at ground level, and not from a high place.
Hip fractures are the most severe type of fracture from falls, and cause the most serious health issues and number of fatalities. Every year in the U.S. one of every three individuals over age 65 will suffer a fall. Half of these have fallen previously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed that in 2005, over 15,000 people over age 65 died because of a fall. This figure is an increase of 7,700 from 10 years before.
In the CDC has revealed that about 1.8 million people over the age of 65 received emergency room treatment due to a fall. For those who are within the age range of 65 to 84 years old, falls are the second most common cause of death from an injury. For those who are 85 years old or older, falls are the primary cause of death from an injury. People are more likely to fall more frequently every 10 years.
Of all fatalities involving falls, 60 percent happen to people age 75 or older. Falls are the reason for 87 percent of all fractures among people over age 65 and are the second most common cause of spinal cord and brain injury. Half of all elderly adults past the age of 65 who are hospitalized for hip fractures are unable to return home or live on their own following the fracture.
Falls account for 40 percent of all admissions to a nursing home, and are the sixth leading cause of fatality among those who are age 70 or older. More than 60 percent of those residing in nursing homes will fall every year. According to the National Institute on Aging, each year 30 percent of people over age 65 will suffer a fall. Ten percent of these will lead to a severe injury.