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QuickStats: Number of Injury Deaths, by Mechanism and Intent --- United States, 2002

In 2002, the five leading mechanisms of injury death accounted for 81% of all 161,629 injury deaths: motor-vehicle traffic (MVT) (27%), firearm (19%), poisoning (16%), fall (11%), and suffocation (8%). All MVT-related and nearly all fall deaths were classified as unintentional. Of the firearm deaths, 57% were suicides, and 39% were homicides. Two thirds of poisonings were unintentional. Half of suffocations were suicides, and 43% were unintentional. Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/injury.htm.

Source: Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Anderson RN. Deaths: final data for 2002. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2004;53(5).



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