The most common causes of death due to injury in the United States



The table is derived from the National Safety Council's data on accidents. There are four columns: For more interesting statistics visit danger.mongabay.com





Source: National Safety Council "estimates based on data from National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Deaths are classified on the basis of the Tenth Revision of the World Health Organization's "The International Classification of Diseases" (ICD). Numbers following titles refer to External Cause of Morbidity and Mortality classifications in ICD-10. One year odds are approximated by dividing the 2000 population (275,306,000) by the number of deaths. Lifetime odds are approximated by dividing the one-year odds by the life expectancy of a person born in 2000 (76.9 years)."

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Type of Accident or Manner of Injury

Deaths

One Year Odds

Lifetime Odds

All External Causes of Mortality

151,268

1,820

24

Deaths Due to Unintentional (Accidental) Injuries

97,900

2,812

37

Nontransport Unintentional (Accidental) Injuries

51,151

5,382

70

Transport Accidents

46,749

5,889

77

Intentional self-harm

29,350

9,380

122

Other and unspecified land transport accidents

16,850

16,339

212

Assault

16,765

16,421

214

Intentional self-harm by firearm

16,586

16,599

216

Other and unspecified person

15,808

17,416

226

Car occupant

14,813

18,585

242

Falls

13,322

20,666

269

Accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances

12,757

21,581

281

Assault by firearm

10,801

25,489

331

Accidental exposure to other and unspecified factors and sequelae

7,576

36,339

473

Other and unspecified fall

7,310

37,662

490

Narcotics and psychodysleptics [hallucinogens] n.e.c.

6,139

44,845

583

Pedestrian

5,870

46,901

610

Intentional self-harm by hanging, strangulation, and suffocation

5,688

48,401

629

Other accidental threats to breathing

5,648

48,744

634

Intentional self-poisoning

4,859

56,659

737

Other and unspecified drugs medicaments and biologicals

4,693

58,663

763

Other and unspecified means and sequelae

4,159

66,195

861

Event of undetermined intent

3,819

72,089

937

Accidental drowning and submersion

3,482

79,065

1,028

Exposure to smoke, fire and flames

3,377

81,524

1,060

Occupant of pick-up truck or van

3,268

84,243

1,095

Inhalation and ingestion of other objects causing obstruction of respiratory tract

3,187

86,384

1,123

Complications of medical and surgical care and sequelae

3,059

89,999

1,170

Uncontrolled fire in building or structure

2,776

99,174

1,290

Exposure to inanimate mechanical forces

2,768

99,460

1,293

Motorcycle rider

2,765

99,568

1,295

Poisoning

2,557

107,668

1,400

Other and unspecified means and sequelae

2,217

124,180

1,615

Other fall on same level

1,885

146,051

1,899

Assault by sharp object

1,805

152,524

1,983

Other and unspecified drowning and submersion

1,439

191,318

2,488

Fall on and from stairs and steps

1,307

210,640

2,739

Exposure to forces of nature

1,223

225,107

2,927

Drowning and submersion while in or falling into natural water

1,135

242,560

3,154

Struck by or striking against object

877

313,918

4,082

Air and space transport accidents

777

354,319

4,608

Firearms discharge

776

354,776

4,613

Inhalation and ingestion of food causing obstruction of respiratory tract

744

370,035

4,812

Exposure to excessive natural cold

742

371,032

4,825

Pedalcyclist

740

372,035

4,838

Occupant of all-terrain or other off-road motor vehicle

717

383,969

4,993

Antiepileptic sedative-hypnotic antiparkinsonism and psychotropic drugs n.e.c.

704

391,060

5,085

Other fall from one level to another

687

400,737

5,211

Contact with machinery

676

407,257

5,296

Fall involving bed, chair, other furniture

650

423,548

5,508

Gases and vapours

631

436,301

5,674

Water transport accidents

630

436,994

5,683

Other and unspecified threats to breathing

596

461,923

6,007

Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming-pool

567

485,549

6,314

Other and unspecified means and sequelae

566

486,406

6,325

Fall on same level from slipping, tripping and stumbling

565

487,267

6,336

Fall from out of or through building or structure

506

544,083

7,075

Other and unspecified transport accidents and sequelae

496

555,052

7,218

Drowning

466

590,785

7,683

Exposure to electric current, radiation, temperature, and pressure

419

657,055

8,544

Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding

412

668,218

8,689

Inhalation of gastric contents

382

720,696

9,372

Occupant of heavy transport vehicle

369

746,087

9,702

Drowning and submersion while in or falling into bath-tub

341

807,349

10,499

Other accidental hanging and strangulation falling earth and other substances

333

826,745

10,751

Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed

327

841,914

10,948

Alcohol

302

911,609

11,854

Exposure to excessive natural heat

301

914,638

11,894

Other and unspecified electric current

296

930,088

12,095

Occupant of special agricultural vehicle

273

1,008,447

13,114

Legal intervention involving firearm discharge

270

1,019,652

13,259

Other and unspecified smoke fire and flames

264

1,042,826

13,561

Drowning and submersion

231

1,191,801

15,498

Firearm discharge

230

1,196,983

15,565

Exposure to animate mechanical forces

204

1,349,539

17,549

Overexertion, travel and privation

185

1,488,141

19,352

Nonopioid analgesics antipyretics and antirheumatics

176

1,564,239

20,341

Explosion of other materials

167

1,648,539

21,437

Other and unspecified injuries

164

1,678,695

21,830

Ignition or melting of other clothing and apparel

116

2,373,328

30,863

Other and unspecified chemicals and noxious substances

112

2,458,089

31,965

Contact with heat and hot substances

110

2,502,782

32,546

Hanging, strangulation, and suffocation

104

2,647,173

34,424

Electric transmission lines

99

2,780,869

36,162

Animal rider or occupant of animal-drawn vehicle

97

2,838,206

36,908

Caught between objects

84

3,277,452

42,620

Contact with sharp objects

80

3,441,325

44,751

Contact with venomous animals and plants

80

3,441,325

44,751

Legal execution

80

3,441,325

44,751

Exposure to smoke, fire, and flames

76

3,622,447

47,106

Uncontrolled fire not in building or structure

68

4,048,618

52,648

Bitten or struck by other mammals

65

4,235,477

55,078

Ignition of highly flammable material

65

4,235,477

55,078

Threat to breathing due to cave-in

64

4,301,656

55,938

Struck by or against another person

61

4,513,213

58,689

Contact with hot tap-water

55

5,005,564

65,092

Other and unspecified heat and hot substances

55

5,005,564

65,092

Falling, jumping, or pushed from a high place

55

5,005,564

65,092

Contact with hornets, wasps and bees

54

5,098,259

66,297

Controlled fire in building or structure

50

5,506,120

71,601

Lightning

50

5,506,120

71,601

Cataclysmic storm

49

5,618,490

73,062

Exposure to other and unspecified forces of nature

41

6,714,780

87,318

Occupant of special construction vehicle

37

7,440,703

96,758

Other and unspecified inanimate mechanical forces

37

7,440,703

96,758

Foreign body entering through skin or natural orifice

36

7,647,389

99,446

Earthquake and other earth movements

35

7,865,886

102,287

Bitten or crushed by other reptiles

31

8,880,839

115,486

Occupant of railway train or railway vehicle

30

9,176,867

119,335

Explosion and rupture of pressurized devices

30

9,176,867

119,335

Controlled fire not in building or structure

29

9,493,310

123,450

Bitten or struck by dog

26

10,588,692

137,694

Occupant of three-wheeled motor vehicle

23

11,969,826

155,654

Bus occupant

20

13,765,300

179,003

Operations of war and sequelae

16

17,206,625

223,753

Occupant of special industrial vehicle

15

18,353,733

238,670

Confined to or trapped in a low-oxygen environment

15

18,353,733

238,670

Other and unspecified animate mechanical forces

12

22,942,167

298,338

Excessive heat or cold of man-made origin

12

22,942,167

298,338

High and low air pressure and changes in air pressure

12

22,942,167

298,338

Contact with venomous snakes and lizards

12

22,942,167

298,338

Bitten or stung by nonvenomous insect and other arthropods

9

30,589,556

397,784

Ignition or melting of nightwear

9

30,589,556

397,784

Contact with other and unspecified venomous animal or plant

9

30,589,556

397,784

Other and unspecified means and sequelae

9

30,589,556

397,784

Fireworks discharge

5

55,061,200

716,010

Contact with venomous spiders

5

55,061,200

716,010

Flood

5

55,061,200

716,010

Unspecified transport accident

4

68,826,500

895,013

Other specified transport accidents

2

137,653,000

1,790,026

Occupant of streetcar

1

275,306,000

3,580,052

Radiation

0

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Other and unspecified man-made environmental factors

0

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