Key Issues and Statistics

According to National Safety Council Injury Facts 2015, about 93,200 people died from unintentional-injury-related deaths in 2013. That’s 93,200 times a young driver, mother, father, grandparent, or employee’s ordinary day turned tragic. North Dakotans are not excluded from the dangers of unintentional injuries and deaths that take place off-the-job.

 

o National:

  • Unintentional falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults and children. (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. 2015)
  • 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries that can make it difficult to get around or to live independently, increasing the risk of early death. (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. 2015)
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. 2015)
  • Men are more likely to die from a fall than women, with a fall death rate about 40% higher than women. (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. 2015)
  • On average, over 275,000 children suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year from falls. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2013)
  • Each year, more than 2,200 children, or six children a day, die from an injury that occurred in the home. (Safe Kids Worldwide. 2015)

o   North Dakota:

  • Among fall-related deaths from 2009 through 2013, 44% occurred at home and 37% occurred at a residential institution. (North Dakota Department of Health. 2015)
  • 71% of fall-related deaths that occurred from 2009 through 2013 were in individuals ages 80 and older. (North Dakota Department of Health. 2015)
  • Falls were the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in 2013, and the first leading cause of injury-related deaths in individuals over the age of 65. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2013)
  • A total of 456 North Dakota residents died due to falls from 2009 through 2013, an average of 91 deaths per year. (North Dakota Department of Health. 2015)