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QuickStats: Motor-Vehicle Traffic* and Poisoning Death Rates,§ by Age --- United States, 2005--2006

The figure shows motor-vehicle traffic and poisoning death rates, by age in the United States from 2005 through 2006. Motor-vehicle traffic and poisoning were the leading causes of injury deaths in the United States during 2005-2006. Motor-vehicle traffic death rates were higher than poisoning death rates among persons aged <31 years and those aged >58 years. Poisoning death rates were higher than motor-vehicle traffic death rates among adults aged 34-56 years. During 2005-2006, 92% of poisoning deaths involved drugs.

* Motor-vehicle traffic deaths include pedestrians, pedal cyclists, or occupants, and involve any type of motor vehicle on public roads.

Poisoning deaths include those resulting from drug overdose or other misuse of drugs, and those associated with solid or liquid biologic substances, gases or vapors, or other substances.

§ Deaths from injuries, per 100,000 population. Injuries are of any manner, including unintentional, suicide, homicide, undetermined intent, legal intervention, and operations of war.

Aggregate death rate for persons aged ≥85 years.

Motor-vehicle traffic and poisoning were the leading causes of injury deaths in the United States during 2005--2006. Motor-vehicle traffic death rates were higher than poisoning death rates among persons aged ≤31 years and those aged ≥58 years. Poisoning death rates were higher than motor-vehicle traffic death rates among adults aged 34--56 years. During 2005--2006, 92% of poisoning deaths involved drugs.

SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, mortality data, available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.

Alternative Text: The figure above shows motor-vehicle traffic and poisoning death rates, by age in the United States from 2005 through 2006. Motor-vehicle traffic and poisoning were the leading causes of injury deaths in the United States during 2005-2006. Motor-vehicle traffic death rates were higher than poisoning death rates among persons aged <31 years and those aged >58 years. Poisoning death rates were higher than motor-vehicle traffic death rates among adults aged 34-56 years. During 2005-2006, 92% of poisoning deaths involved drugs.

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Date last reviewed: 7/16/2009

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