Accidents or Unintentional Injuries

Data are for the U.S.

Physician office visits

Number of physician office visits for unintentional injuries: 24.8 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2018 National Summary Tables, table 16 [PDF – 682 KB]

Emergency department visits

Number of emergency department visits for unintentional injuries: 97.9 million

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2018 National Summary Tables, table 16

Mortality

All unintentional injury deaths

  • Number of deaths: 200,955
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 61.0
  • Cause of death rank: 4

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Unintentional fall deaths

  • Number of deaths: 42,114
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.8

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Motor vehicle traffic deaths

  • Number of deaths: 40,698
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.4

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Unintentional poisoning deaths

  • Number of deaths: 87,404
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 26.5

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2020) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: July 13, 2022