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Percent Distributions of TBI-related Deaths by Age Group and Injury Mechanism — United States, 2006–2010

The injury mechanisms (external causes of injury) associated with TBI-related deaths vary by age group.  TBI-related deaths in children 0–4 years are primarily associated with assault (42.9%) and motor vehicle traffic-related crashes (29.2%).  Motor vehicle traffic crashes account for a majority of TBI-related deaths (55.8%) in youth 5–14 years and almost half (47.4%) in young adults 15–24 years.  Falls account for the majority (54.4%) of TBI-related deaths in adults 65 years of age and older.

The data in this graph is contained in the table below.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Falls Assault Struck by/Against Self-Inflicted All Other Causes
0–4 278 37 408 32 196
5–14 488 21 131 19 58 158
15–24 3,670 139 1,515 28 1,834 551
25–44 4,310 548 2,151 88 4,587 1,186
45–64 3,230 2,077 1,142 126 5,601 1,710
≥65 1,651 9,444 357 79 3,362 2,483
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