Unintentional Injury Deaths
The two measures are the number of deaths that occurred due to unintentional injuries and fatal injury rates per 100,000 persons in Midland County and Michigan since 2002.
Why This Indicator is Important
Fatal injuries impact many areas of society. Alcohol abuse and use of illegal substances is often recognized as a contributing factor in accidental deaths. Such deaths result from a variety of incidents—traffic accidents, falls, fires, and drowning. Nonfatal injuries resulting from accidents might leave their victims incapacitated. Fatal injuries might also result in additional burden of medical care costs, rehabilitation, and lost income for those left behind. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injuries caused 1 out of 14 deaths in the United States in 2004, including 3 out of 4 deaths among adolescents and young adults.
How Are We Doing?
In Midland County, the leading types of unintentional fatal injuries have remained transport fatal injuries (i.e., those resulting from accidents involving means of transportation, including motor vehicles) and falls. The fatal injury rates (per 100,000 persons) in Midland County have decreased significantly since 2009 from rates equal to the state average to below to the state average; especially in 2013 when rates dropped by 15 per 100,000. Leading reasons for transport Fatal Injuries include over-congestion, walkways or pedestrian crossings, low public transportation.