Unintentional Injury Statistics
The following are the latest U.S. statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC, and other sources:
Unintentional injuries continue to be the fifth leading cause of death overall, and the leading cause of death for those under 35 years of age.
The top three causes of fatal unintentional injuries include motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, and falls.
Suffocation was the leading mechanism of unintentional injury death among infants.
In 2010, 33,687 motor vehicle-related deaths occurred.
In 2010, 33,041 unintentional poisoning deaths occurred.
In 2010, 26,009 unintentional falls deaths occurred.
- Kolbus, Karin, RN, DNP, COHN-S
- newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician