Sex, Age and Cause

This chart provides the preventable injury-related death death totals by sex for 2016, as well as the breakdown of fatalities by leading causes of death.

Overall, males accounted for 63% of the 161,374 preventable injury-related deaths in 2016. The largest differences in the proportion of fatalities were:

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Preventable-injury-related deaths by sex and Cause, United States, 2016

Leading Causes Male Female
Poisoning 39,810 18,525
Motor vehicle 28,642 11,685
Falls 17,370 17,303
Other causes 8,207 4,727
Drowning (a) 2,931 855
Choking (b) 2,644 2,185
Fire flames smoke 1,602 1,128
Mechanical suffocation 1,151 630
Natural heat or cold 800 389
Struck by or against 707 83

(a) Excludes water transport drownings.
(b) Inhalation or ingestion of food or other objects.

Source: National Safety Council analysis of National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) – Mortality Data for 2016, as compiled from data provided by 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Staistics Cooperative Program.

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