Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44 in the United States and the third leading cause of death for Americans overall. Injuries and violence have a significant impact on the overall health of Americans including premature death, disability, and an increased burden placed on the health care system.
However, despite the existence of prevention strategies that have been proven effective, each year there are:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online] (2012) [accessed 2014 Aug 4]. Available from URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars.
2. Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR, Associates. Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press; 2006.