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Unintentional Injury: Ranked #4 In Leading Cause Of Death Across Lifespan


Whether intentional or unintentional, injuries and resulting fatalities affect everyone regardless of race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status. Examining leading causes of death, you might assume that unintentional injury may be statistically significant but certainly not in the top five causes of death in the United States. However, that conclusion would be incorrect. Across all age ranges, unintentional injury, or accidents, was ranked the fourth most common cause of death in the United States in 2020. Additionally, data pulled from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) spanning from 1981 to 2020 ranks unintentional injury as the #1 cause of death for individuals from ages 1 – 44 meaning for roughly half of the average person’s lifespan unintentional injury is the most likely cause of death.

Defining Unintentional Injury

To better understand this data, we first need to understand more about the classification of unintentional injuries. How is an injury defined as unintentional? Unintentional injuries refer to injuries that were unplanned and can be defined as events in which:

  • the injury occurs in a short period,
  • a harmful outcome was not sought,
  • or normal bodily functions were blocked by external means (e.g., drowning).

Motor Vehicle Collisions: Statistics & Risks

A particular type of unintentional injury remains one of the most common causes of injury among all age groups: motor vehicle crashes. The southeast is at a much greater crash risk and shows higher rates of crashes and fatalities than any other region in the United States. With that in mind, it is not unlikely that most people you interact with daily have experienced at least one car crash in their lifetime. Understanding the risks associated with driving and driving-related injuries can help you take steps to protect yourself and others around you.

If an injury does occur, you want to be sure that you have a Shreveport car wreck attorney and adequate resources at your disposal to help with your recovery. If you, or someone you know, have suffered from unintentional injuries at the hands of someone’s negligence, then call Rice & Kendig today to schedule a free consultation. Our team will walk through the details of your case with you, and make sure to take the necessary steps to maximize your recovery.


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