What We're Learning About Deaths from Unintentional Injuries
Deaths from unintentional injuries account for approximately two thirds of deaths from all injuries in the United States. From 1999 to 2004, overall in the United States, the rate of deaths caused by unintentional injuries increased 7 percent. This report describes the leading causes of death from unintentional injuries and discusses how raising awareness about the causes of these injuries is key to preventing unintentional injuries and reducing the number of deaths that result. Created: 11/2/2007 by MMWR.
Date Released: 11/21/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
What We're Learning About Deaths from
State-specific Unintentional Injury Deaths — United States, 1999–2004
November 21, 2007
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC – safer,
Scientists prefer the term “unintentional injuries,” instead of “accidents,” because
most of these injuries can be prevented or avoided. The causes of these injuries
range from slipping and falling to crashes and fires. Unintentional injuries are the
leading cause of death among people between 1 and 44 years old. Motor
vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths. Twice as
many males as females die as a result of unintentional injuries. Deaths reported
from unintentional injuries have increased since 1999. Raising awareness about
the causes of these injuries is key to preventing them and reducing the number
deaths that result.
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