From the Centers for Disease Control*:
Injury is the leading cause of death of Americans in the first four decades of life;
Violent and unintentional injuries cause more than 146,000 deaths each year and cost an estimated $260 billion annually (in 1995 dollars);
Treatment of injuries and their long-term effects account for 12% of medical spending in the United States; and,
Hospital emergency departments treat an average 55 people for injuries every minute.
*Injury in America: Defining Risks…Increasing Safety, CDC Website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/anniversary/injuryoverview/01_injuryresearch.htm, 2006.