Interactive Map: Injury Prevention in the United States

Find state-by-state injury death rates and learn how states score on 10 key indicators of steps they can take to prevent injuries.

    • January 15, 2013

What Can Be Done to Prevent Injuries?

Injuries—including those caused by accidents and violence—are the third-leading cause of death nationally, and they are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of one and 44.

The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concludes that millions of injuries could be prevented each year if more states adopted additional research-based injury prevention policies, and if programs were fully implemented and enforced.

The report found that many injury prevention activities have been scientifically shown to reduce harm and deaths, for instance: Seat belts saved an estimated 69,000 lives from 2006 to 2010; motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 8,000 lives from 2005 to 2009; and child safety seats saved around 1,800 lives from 2005 to 2009.

Read the full report