How can we identify patterns and risk factors contributing to Californian’s personal injuries and why does it matter? Analyzing personal injury statistics is a smart place to start. Then, we can better prevent the causes of unintentional injury hospitalizations and deaths.
Spoiler alert: In California, more than half the hospitalizations and deaths from unintentional injury in 2019 were from falls and vehicle crashes.
Personal Injury Statistics: Unintentional Injury Hospitalizations
- In 2019, there were 161,598 hospitalizations due to unintentional injuries in California.
- Falls were the leading cause of unintentional injury hospitalizations, accounting for 39% of all cases.
- Motor vehicle traffic crashes were the second leading cause of hospitalizations, accounting for 16% of cases.
- Poisoning was the third leading cause of hospitalizations, accounting for 8% of cases.
Personal Injury Statistics: Death from Unintentional Injury
- In 2019, there were 3,244 deaths due to unintentional injuries in California.
- Motor vehicle traffic crashes were the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths, accounting for 30% of all cases.
- Falls were the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths, accounting for 22% of cases.
(Note that these statistics may not capture all personal injuries in California, as they only include injuries that resulted in hospitalization or death.)
Personal injury statistics can be used to advocate for policy changes and resources to improve public health and safety. For example, if certain types of injuries are particularly prevalent in a certain population or area, advocates can use this data to push for increased funding for prevention programs or changes to laws and regulations.
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