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Saving Lives and Protecting People from Injuries & Violence
  • More than 180,000 people die from injuries each year — 1 person every 3 minutes1
  • Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44 in the US1  
  • Injuries cost more than $406 billion annually in medical care and lost productivity2

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Saving Lives and Protecting People

Key Data & Statistics, About Us, Worldwide Injuries & Violence...

Home & Recreational Safety

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury, Concussion, Concussion in Sports...

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Violence Prevention

Child Maltreatment, Sexual, Youth, and Intimate Partner Violence, Suicide...

Motor Vehicle Safety

Impaired Driving, Child Passenger Safety, Teen Drivers...

Injury Response

Explosion Injuries, Acute Injury Care, Alcohol Screening...

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WISQARSTM and other injury data resources...

Injury: The Leading Cause of Death Among Persons 1-44

In 2007 in the United States, injuries, including all causes of unintentional and violence-related injuries combined, accounted for 51% of all deaths among persons ages 1-44 years of age – that is more deaths than non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases combined.

Injury Deaths Compared to Other Leading Causes of Death for Persons Ages 1-44, United States, 2007*

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Injury Center Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle-Related Injury PreventionMotor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention
In 2009: Nearly 34,000 people in the U.S died in a motor vehicle crash.3 Nearly 11,000 people died...

Prevention of Violence Against Children and YouthPrevention of Violence Against Children and Youth
In 2008: More than 1,700 children ages 0 to 17 died from child abuse and neglect—80% of deaths...

Prevention of Prescription Drug OverdosePrevention of Prescription Painkiller Overdose
Overdoses of prescription painkillers have more than tripled in the past 20 years, leading to...

Prevention of Traumatic Brain InjuryPrevention of Traumatic Brain Injury
Every year, 1.7 million people sustain a TBI4. In the U.S.: At least 3 people sustain a TBI every minute...

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  1. NCIPC: Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
  2. Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR, Associates. Incidence and economic burden of injuries in the United States. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2006.
  3. U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts: Highlights of 2009 Motor Vehicle Crashes. [pdf 629K] Table 5. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2010.
  4. Faul M, Xu L, Wald MM, Coronado VG. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2010. Also see How Many People Have TBI?

*Note: Injury includes unintentional injury, homicide, suicide, legal intervention, and those of undetermined intent. Non-communicable diseases include cancer, cardiovascular, kidney, respiratory, liver, diabetes, and other diseases. Infectious diseases include HIV, influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. Data Source: National Vital Statistics System using CDC Wonder.

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