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What are the top causes of preventable death in every stage of life? The answer may surprise you.
Accidental injury has become the 3 cause of death for the first time in U.S. history. Injury statistics examined by NSC data experts confirm that preventable deaths rose 10% in 2016. Based on new injury statistics, an American is accidentally injured every second and killed every three minutes by a preventable event – a drug overdose, a vehicle crash, a fall, a drowning or another preventable incident. A total of 14,803 more people died accidentally in 2016 than in 2015, the largest single-year percent rise since 1936.
Injury Facts®, the go-to source for injury and death statistics and their related costs in the areas of: