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 5,310 medically consulted injuries every hour. The donut charts below illustrate the rates of these deaths and injuries by class for the year 2018.

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Deaths and medically consulted injuries by sector, 2018

Class
Severity
One every–
Number per … 2017 total
Hour Day Week
All Deaths 3 minutes 19 458 3,210 167,127
Injuries(a) 1 second 5,310 127,400 894,200 46,500,000
Motor vehicle Deaths 13 minutes 4 108 760 39,404
Injuries 7 seconds 510 12,300 86,500 4,500,000
Work Deaths 117 minutes <1 12 90 4,493
Injuries 7 seconds 530 12,600 88,500 4,600,000
Workers off the job Deaths 7 minutes 8 200 1,400 72,900
Injuries 2 seconds 2,050 49,300 346,200 18,000,000
Home Deaths 6 minutes 10 245 1,720 89,300
Injuries 1 second 2,850 68,500 480,800 25,000,000
Public non-motor vehicle Deaths 15 minutes 4 99 690 36,000
Injuries 3 seconds 1,440 34,500 242,300 12,600,000


(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, 2018

Class
Severity
One every–
Number per … 2017 total
Hour Day Week
All Deaths 3 minutes 19 458 3,210 167,127
Injuries(a) 1 second 5,310 127,400 894,200 46,500,000
Motor vehicle Deaths 13 minutes 4 108 760 39,404
Injuries 7 seconds 510 12,300 86,500 4,500,000
Work Deaths 117 minutes <1 12 90 4,493
Injuries 7 seconds 530 12,600 88,500 4,600,000
Workers off the job Deaths 7 minutes 8 200 1,400 72,900
Injuries 2 seconds 2,050 49,300 346,200 18,000,000
Home Deaths 6 minutes 10 245 1,720 89,300
Injuries 1 second 2,850 68,500 480,800 25,000,000
Public non-motor vehicle Deaths 15 minutes 4 99 690 36,000
Injuries 3 seconds 1,440 34,500 242,300 12,600,000


(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.