Injuries and Violence are Leading Causes of Death: Key Data & Statistics
In the United States, injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44.1
The BurdenThe consequences of injury are considerable and costly to public health:
- In 2007, 182,479 persons died from injuries.1
- In 2007, 2,855,000 persons were hospitalized for an injury.2
- That same year, 29,757,000 persons were treated for nonfatal injuries in U.S. hospital emergency departments.1
This pie chart illustrates the percent cost of injury by mechanism (cause):
The Impact on America’s Youth and Young Adults
Injuries and violence affect us all, but three quarters of all deaths among young people are the result of injuries and violence.
- Among persons aged 1–34 years, unintentional injuries alone claim more lives than any other cause.1
- For those aged 5–34 in the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death, claiming the lives of 18,266 Americans each year.1
- For 15–24 year olds, homicide is the second leading cause of death and claims more than 8,500 lives each year; suicide is the third leading cause of death among this group and claims 4,140 lives each year.1
- For 25–34 year olds, suicide is the second leading cause of death, and homicide is the third leading cause of death.1
- WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) WISQARS™ is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources.
- Burden of Injury & Violence: A Pressing Public Health Concern Injuries and violence are widespread in society. Many people accept them as fate or as “part of life,” but the fact is that most events resulting in injury, death or disability are predictable and therefore preventable. The burden of injuries and violence coupled with the enormous cost of these problems to society make them a pressing public health concern.
CDC - Key Data & Statistics in Injury & Violence Prevention - Injury
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online] (2007) [cited 2011 Mar 4]. Available from URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). National hospital discharge survey: 2007 summary. National health statistics reports, no. 29. Atlanta, GA: NCHS; 2010.
- Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR, Associates. Incidence and economic burden of injuries in the United States. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2006.