Injury Facts: The Source for Injury Stats

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What are the top causes of preventable death in every stage of life? The answer may surprise you.

Preventable injury is the fourth leading cause of death. Injury statistics examined by NSC data experts confirm that preventable deaths increased 16% in 2020. Based on new injury statistics, an American is accidentally injured every second and killed every three minutes by a preventable event, like a drug overdose, vehicle crash, fall, drowning or another preventable incident. A total of 200,955 people died from preventable injuries in 2020, a more than 16% increase over 2019 (173,040 deaths from preventable injuries).

NSC publishes Injury Facts®, the go-to source for injury and death statistics and their related costs in the areas of:

  • Workplace
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Home and Community
  • State
  • International

NSC injury statistics provided in Injury Facts, published since 1903, help people understand what their greatest risks are. Our complacency has resulted in 552 deaths each day, on average, 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. Learn more.

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