The CDC reports injuries and violence are leading causes of death in the United States.
Injuries and violence affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. In the first half of life, more Americans die from injuries and violence, such as overdose, motor vehicle crashes, suicide, or homicides-than any other cause. This makes injury the leading cause of death among persons aged 1-44.
Although death is the most severe result of injury, many people survive, but need to be treated in a hospital. Depending on the severity of the injury, people may be faced with life-long mental, physical and financial problems as a result of lost productivity and stress to the individual, family and other caregivers.
The good news is, injury is largely preventable.