Quick look at the Nation's numbers

  • In the United States, between 1999 and 2007, unintentional injuries rank 5th among the leading causes of death (CDC, WISQARS).
  • Motor vehicle traffic (39%) is the leading cause of death for unintentional injury deaths, followed by poisonings (18%) (CDC, WISQARS).
  • From 2000-2009, 371,104 fatal crashes occurred on US roadways, totaling 444,362 fatalities (NHTSA, FARS Encyclopedia).
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), 42% of all occupationally-related deaths were due to highway traffic.
  • The estimated fatality rate for emergency medical services providers is 12.7 / 100,000 workers, which is more than twice the nation's average [Maguire et al., 2002].