Minute by Minute

A preventable-injury-related death occurs every 3 minutes in the United States. On average, this means there are 18 deaths and 5080 medically consulted injuries every hour. The donut charts below illustrate the rates of these deaths and injuries by class for the year 2016.

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Deaths and medically consulted injuries by sector, 2016

Class
Severity
One every–
Number per … 2016 total
Hour Day Week
All Deaths 3 minutes 18 442 3,100 161,374
Injuries(a) 1 second 5,080 121,900 855,800 44,500,000
Motor vehicle Deaths 13 minutes 5 110 780 40,327
Injuries 7 seconds 530 12,600 88,500 4,600,000
Work Deaths 119 minutes <1 12 80 4,399
Injuries 7 seconds 510 12,300 86,500 4,500,000
Workers off the job Deaths 7 minutes 8 202 1,420 73,900
Injuries 2 seconds 2,070 49,600 348,100 18,100,000
Home Deaths 6 minutes 10 233 1,640 85,100
Injuries 1 second 2,720 65,200 457,700 23,800,000
Public non-motor vehicle Deaths 16 minutes 4 92 650 33,600
Injuries 3 seconds 1,350 32,300 226,900 11,800,000


(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. Please note that for the 2016 edition, the estimates were refined to better exclude intentional injuries and are not comparable to previous editions.

Source: National Safety Council estimates.