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: 29.4 million

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2017 Emergency Department Summary Tables, table 16 pdf icon[PDF – 863 KB]

Mortality

All unintentional injury deaths

  • Number of deaths: 167,127
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 51.1
  • Cause of death rank: 3

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER 

Unintentional fall deaths

  • Number of deaths: 37,455
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 11.4

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER 

Motor vehicle traffic deaths

  • Number of deaths: 37,991
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 11.6

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER 

Unintentional poisoning deaths

  • Number of deaths: 62,399
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 19.1

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: October 30, 2020