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Trauma Facts


This section of our website is designed to provide consumers and health care workers with information about injury in the United States and around the world. It is critical that every effort be made to decrease the impact of injury on the global burden of the disease. To that end, injury prevention is an invaluable part of our efforts. Injury is a major public health problem. In the United States, injury accounts for over 150,000 deaths and over 3 million non-fatal injuries per year. Around the world, injury is responsible for more than 5 million deaths per year. Many millions more are injured. The events which result in injury are not random or unpredictable. Injury can be prevented and many lives saved by learning more about the causes of injury and implementing appropriate injury prevention strategies. Many of these strategies are well-established, easily available and relatively inexpensive, such as seat belts and helmets.

"Crashes, Not Accidents"

In the United States:

  • Trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals up to the age of 45 years (Table of Causes of Death
  • Trauma is the fourth leading cause of death overall for all ages. 
  • There are almost 40,000 homicide and suicide deaths each year in the US. 
  • There were over 30,000 suicides in the US in 2001 
  • Suicide Fact Sheet from the NVIPC at CDC 
  • There were 43,443 deaths and 2.7 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes in the US in 2005. Traffic Safety Facts, 2005 from the NHTSA

Around the world:


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