Injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States among children and teenagers. During this century, trauma has replaced infectious disease as the most important threat to our children. Injuries now claim almost 20,000 lives each year among the 0-19 age group. The injury mortality picture varies dramatically from state to state. Factors that underlie differences among states in injury mortality rates include geography and population density as well as stringency of laws and regulations, degree of enforcement, and population characteristics such as education and socioeconomic status. This report presents the numbers of deaths in each state during the seven years 1986-1992 by age and sex for 20 specific causes of injury. In addition, totals are provided for deaths related to motor vehicles and firearms, as well as homicide, suicide, and unintentional injury. Motor vehicle traffic deaths account for 37% of all injury deaths in children and teenagers. For ages 1-19, motor vehicle fatalities outrank all other injuries and diseases as the leading cause of death.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This publication was made possible through the support of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

    Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Center for Injury Research and Policy, 624 North Broadway
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21205
  • Authors:
    • Baker, S P
    • Fingerhut, L A
    • Higgins, L
    • CHEN, L-H
    • Braver, E R
  • Publication Date: 1996-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726019
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 25 1996 12:00AM