Unintentional Injury Statistics
The following are the latest U.S. statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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, falls, and poisoning.
- Suffocation was the leading mechanism of unintentional injury death among infants.
- In 2007, 42,031motor vehicle related deaths occurred.
- In 2007, 29,844 unintentional poisoning deaths occurred.
- In 2007, 22,623 unintentional fall deaths occurred.