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Indiana State Department of Health

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Indiana Injury Facts

  • Injury is the leading cause of death for Hoosiers ages 1 through 44 years (ISDH).
  • The leading causes of unintentional injury death in Indiana in 2012 were poisoning (827 deaths), motor vehicle collisions (737 deaths), and falls (414 deaths) (ISDH).
  • The age-adjusted mortality rate for unintentional injuries in Indiana in 2012 was 41.0 per 100,000.
  • In 2012, 2,749 Hoosiers died from unintentional injury (the term “unintentional” is preferred to the term “accidental”), the 5th leading cause of death (ISDH).
  • In 2012, 935 Hoosiers died by suicide and 344 died from homicide (intentional injury), resulting in 4,178 total injury deaths  (ISDH).
  • Hoosier deaths from unintentional drug overdoses increased to 999 in 2012 compared to 718 deaths from the year before (ISDH).
  • More than 33,000 Hoosiers are hospitalized and more than 600,000 visit emergencies for injuries each year (ISDH).
  • The total Indiana hospital charges for care rendered to patients related to injury or trauma in 2009 was over $690 million. The average charges per patient were $30,000 and the average length of stay was four days (ISDH).
  • The estimated medical and work loss lifetime costs associated with motor vehicle crash fatalities for Indiana in 2005 totaled over $780 million (WISQARS).
  • The estimated economic impact of motor vehicle crashes for Indiana in 2005 was more than $883 million. Motor vehicle traffic collisions killed 947 Hoosiers in 2011. (WISQARS)

United States Injury Facts

  • More than 190,000 people died from injuries in 2011—1 person every 3 minutes (WISQARS).
  • The leading cause of injury death in 2011 was unintentional poisoning, followed by unintentional motor vehicle traffic (WISQARS).
  • Injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1–44 years in the United States (WISQARS).
  • More than 2.8 million people are hospitalized with injury each year (WISQARS).
  • More than 31 million people are treated in U.S. Emergency Department for injury each year (WISQARS).
  • More than $406 billion annually in injury-related medical costs and lost productivity (WISQARS).
  • In 2010, motor vehicle collisions contributed to over 4.3 million Emergency Department visits and is the leading cause of injury death in the United States (WISQARS).

*Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, WISQARS, and Indiana State Health Department (ISDH) Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention

The ISDH Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention will disseminate descriptive statistical information to those entities throughout the state having an interest in preventive control strategies. The program's goal is to develop a functional surveillance system for all injuries and establish a core injury team for the state.

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Contact Information:

Jessica Skiba
Injury Prevention Epidemiologist, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention


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