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Unintentional Injury Death Data Trends for Years 2000-2010

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At a Glance

  • Unintentional injuries were California’s fifth leading cause of death from 2000 through 2009, and in 2010, it became the sixth leading cause of death, which represented the period for this mortality summary.
  • Out of the 114,025 unintentional injury deaths from 2000 to 2010, males accounted for 66.9 percent of unintentional injury deaths whereas females only represented 33.1 percent.
  • During this observational period, the top three fatal unintentional injuries included motor vehicle crashes (36.2 percent), poisoning and exposure to noxious substances (including drugs and other substances) (26.7 percent), and falls (16.2 percent).  These three causes represented 79.1 percent of all unintentional injury deaths.
  • The majority of unintentional injury deaths occurred in people under age 65 (74.4 percent).  The average age for unintentional injury death was 48.9 years with a standard deviation of 23.1 years.  This identified the age range for the majority of unintentional injury deaths as 25.8 years to 72 years.
  • The unintentional injury age-adjusted death rate for California ranged from 26.9 to 31.7 during this period.  The 2010 rate of 26.9 was the lowest in the eleven years studied in this report.
  • The 2010 age-adjusted death rate among females was 17.7, which represents a 6.6 percent increase from the 2000 rate of 16.6.  The age-adjusted death rate among males in 2010 was 37.0, which indicates a 4.6 percent decrease from a rate of 38.8 in 2000.
  • For those race/ethnicity groups by sex who had reliable data during the study period, American Indian males had the highest unintentional injury age-adjusted mortality rate, with the exception of 2004 when Black males had the highest rate.  The lowest age-adjusted unintentional injury mortality rates among race/ethnicity groups occurred in Asian females for all years.
  • Counties with reliable unintentional injuries age-adjusted death rates for each study year ranged from a high of 91.7 in Lake County to a low of 18.5 for San Mateo County.
  • Forty-three counties had reliable unintentional injuries age-adjusted death rates for every year from 2000 through 2010.  Of these, 25 counties had a higher age adjusted rate by 2010 compared to 2000.

This report was authored by Alicia Van Hoy, MA, Research Program Specialist I, and independently peer reviewed by John Rudzinskas, MBA, Research Program Specialist I.  Please contact DAReports@cdph.ca.gov for further information.

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At a Glance
California Total Population
Male and Female Populations
Race/Ethnicity Group Differences
Sex Differences Within Race/Ethnicity
County of Residence Populations
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Technical Notes
Vital Statistics Query System

Helpful Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  Injury and Violence Prevention and Control
  Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable

California Department of Public Health, EpiCenter

National Safety Council

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