Accidental death is the leading cause of all childhood fatalities in the United States. Here are the most common causes of deaths and serious injuries for children.

Auto accident

  • Approximately 1,800 deaths per year
  • Approximately 220,000 injuries per year

Drowning

  • Approximately 1,000 deaths per year
  • Between 4,000 and 5,000 drowning’s each year

Airway obstruction

  • Approximately 900 Deaths per year
  • Around 18,000 hospital treated injuries

Pedestrian

  • Approximately 600 to 800 deaths per year
  • Between 40,000 and 50,000 serious injuries each year

Fire

  • Between 500 and 600 deaths per year
  • Approximately 100,000 emergency room treated burns each year

Bicycle

  • Around 150 deaths each year
  • Around 280,000 Hospital treated emergencies

Accidental Poisoning

  • Around 100 children die each year
  • Around 115,000 hospital visits
  • More than a million calls to poison control every year for accidental child poisoning.

Falls

  • Around 100 deaths each year
  • More than 2.3 million hospital treated visit s for falls each year

Guns

  • Around 150 deaths each year.
  • Several thousand emergency room visits for accidental shootings
  • 8,300 emergency room visits for air gun injuries

Other Causes

  • Such as playground injuries, sports injuries, toy related injuries, and other causes
  • Around 500-600 deaths per year.
  • Several million injuries

 


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