More than three out every four deaths in youth between the ages of 10 and 20 are caused by unintentional injuries (60 percent), homicides and suicides (40 percent).
- At least one adolescent (10 to 19 years old) dies of an injury every hour of every day; about 15,000 die each year. Males are more likely than females to die from injury.
- Injuries kill more adolescents than all diseases combined.
- For every injury death, there are about 41 injury hospitalizations and 1,100 cases treated in emergency departments.
Why the high statistics?
In 1997, as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a national school-based Youth Risk Behavior Survey that resulted in 16,262 questionnaires completed by students in 151 schools. The following data are summarized from that survey.
- 19.3 percent of students had rarely or never worn seat belts when riding in a car or truck driven by someone else.
- Among students who had ridden a motorcycle during the 12 months preceding the survey, 36.2 percent had rarely or never worn a motorcycle helmet.
- Among students who had ridden a bicycle during the 12 months preceding the survey, 88.4 percent had rarely or never worn a bicycle helmet.
- During the 30 days preceding the survey, 36.6 percent of students had ridden one or more times with a drunk driver.
- During the 30 days preceding the survey, 16.9 percent of students had driven a vehicle one or more times after drinking alcohol.
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Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF, however, does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
CDC (1993). Injury mortality: National summary of injury mortality data 1984-1990 . Atlanta, GA.
Runyan, C.W., & Gerken, E.A. (1989). Epidemiology
and prevention of adolescent injury: A review and research agenda. JAMA , 262(16), 2273-2278.