MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC CRASHES AS A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S.: SUMMARY OF THE 1997 MORTALITY EXPERIENCE AND TRAFFIC CRASH FATALITY TREND FROM 1992 TO 1997

The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) recently completed a study of data on the causes of death for all persons, by age and sex, which occurred in the U.S. in 1997. The purpose of this study was to examine the status of motor vehicle traffic crashes as a leading cause of death. The data on the causes of death for 1997 were obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The NCHS data for 1997 were studied to determine where deaths related to traffic crashes ranked as a cause of death for all ages, for males and females, and for various ethnic groups. Traffic crashes were the cause of 27,913 male and 14,427 female deaths in 1997. They were ranked 8th for males and 10th for females as a leading cause of death, accounting for 1 out of every 41 male deaths and 1 out of every 80 female deaths that occurred in 1997. Motor vehicle traffic crashes were the leading cause of death in 1997 for persons of every one of the following ages: all persons, ages 6-33; males, ages 7-11, 13-31 and 33; and females, ages 4-28. Further findings are reported in this Research Note.

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  • Publication Date: 2000-6

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  • English

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
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    • Research Note
    • Publisher: National Center for Statistics and Analysis

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00797070
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-043 105
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2000 12:00AM