Accidents or Unintentional Injuries

Data are for the U.S.

Physician office visits

Number of physician office visits for unintentional injuries: 39.5 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 17 pdf icon[PDF – 793 KB]

Emergency department visits

Number of emergency department visits for unintentional injuries: 24.5 million

Source: 2018 NHAMCS Public Use File

Mortality

All unintentional injury deaths

  • Number of deaths: 173,040
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 52.7
  • Cause of death rank: 3

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) via CDC WONDER 

Unintentional fall deaths

  • Number of deaths: 39,433
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.0

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) via CDC WONDER 

Motor vehicle traffic deaths

  • Number of deaths: 37,595
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 11.5

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) via CDC WONDER 

Unintentional poisoning deaths

  • Number of deaths: 65,773
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 20.0

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: January 25, 2021