Accidental injury has become the
#3 cause of death for the first time in U.S. history. Injury statistics examined by NSC data experts confirm that preventable deaths rose 10% in 2016.
Based on new injury statistics, an American is accidentally injured every second and killed every three minutes by a preventable event – a drug overdose, a vehicle crash, a fall, a drowning or another preventable incident. A total of 14,803 more people died accidentally in 2016 than in 2015, the largest single-year percent rise since 1936.
Injury Facts®, the go-to source for injury and death statistics and their related costs in the areas of:
- Motor vehicle
- Home and community
NSC injury statistics provided in
Injury Facts, published since 1903 and now for the first time online, help people understand what their greatest risks are. Our complacency has resulted in 442 deaths each day, every one of them preventable. We know what to do to save lives, but collectively we have failed to prioritize safety. NSC encourages Americans to understand their risks.
The No. 1 Cause of Unintentional Death in America
Unintentional poisoning deaths in the adult population were not prevalent until the early 1990s. Since then this category has skyrocketed to first place, driven by unintentional drug overdose – predominantly from prescription painkillers.