Minute by Minute

A preventable-injury-related death occurs every 3 minutes in the United States. On average, this means there are 19 deaths and 5,390 medically consulted injuries every hour. The donut charts below illustrate the rates of these deaths and injuries by class for the year 2017.

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Deaths and medically consulted injuries by sector, 2017

Class
Severity
One every–
Number per … 2017 total
Hour Day Week
All Deaths 3 minutes 19 466 3,270 169,936
Injuries(a) 1 second 5,390 129,300 907,700 47,200,000
Motor vehicle Deaths 13 minutes 5 110 770 40,231
Injuries 7 seconds 530 12,600 88,500 4,600,000
Work Deaths 119 minutes <1 12 80 4,414
Injuries 7 seconds 510 12,200 85,600 4,500,000
Workers off the job Deaths 7 minutes 9 216 1,520 79,000
Injuries 2 seconds 2,240 53,700 376,900 19,600,000
Home Deaths 6 minutes 10 247 1,730 90,200
Injuries 1 second 2,890 69,300 486,500 25,300,000
Public non-motor vehicle Deaths 14 minutes 4 102 710 37,100
Injuries 2 seconds 1,480 35,600 250,000 13,000,000


(a) Starting with the 2011 edition of Injury Facts, the National Safety Council adopted the definition of “medically consulted injuries” to replace “disabling injuries.” For a full description of medically consulted injuries, please see the Technical Appendix. 

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Deaths and medically consulted injuries by sector, 2017

Class
Severity
One every–
Number per … 2017 total
Hour Day Week
All Deaths 3 minutes 19 466 3,270 169,936
Injuries(a) 1 second 5,390 129,300 907,700 47,200,000
Motor vehicle Deaths 13 minutes 5 110 770 40,231
Injuries 7 seconds 530 12,600 88,500 4,600,000
Work Deaths 119 minutes <1 12 80 4,414
Injuries 7 seconds 510 12,200 85,600 4,500,000
Workers off the job Deaths 7 minutes 9 216 1,520 79,000
Injuries 2 seconds 2,240 53,700 376,900 19,600,000
Home Deaths 6 minutes 10 247 1,730 90,200
Injuries 1 second 2,890 69,300 486,500 25,300,000
Public non-motor vehicle Deaths 14 minutes 4 102 710 37,100
Injuries 2 seconds 1,480 35,600 250,000 13,000,000


(a) Starting with the 2011 edition of Injury Facts, the National Safety Council adopted the definition of “medically consulted injuries” to replace “disabling injuries.” For a full description of medically consulted injuries, please see the Technical Appendix. 

Source: National Safety Council estimates.