Sex, Age, and Cause
This chart provides the preventable injury-related death totals by sex for 2021, as well as the breakdown of fatalities by leading causes of death.
Overall, males accounted for 67% of the 224,935 preventable injury-related deaths in 2021. The largest differences in the proportion of fatalities were:
- struck by or against (84% male)
- drowning (75% male)
- motor vehicle (72% male)
- poisoning (71% male)
The causes with the smallest difference between the proportion of male and female fatalities were falls (51% male) and choking (57% male).
Differences in deaths and death rates by age, sex, and cause for 2018 through 2021 may be explored using the interactive chart on the details page.
- Data Table
Source: National Center for Health Statistics mortality data for 2021, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.