Mortality from unintentional injuries in California, 1985

L. D. Saunders, M. Green, G. Doebbert, M. A. Pearson, K. W. Kizer

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In 1985 unintentional injuries were the fourth leading cause of death among California residents, causing 10,380 deaths. They were the leading cause of potential life lost, accounting for 278,109 years lost. This was more than twice the number of years lost due to heart disease and 1 1/2 times the number lost due to cancer. Motor vehicle traffic accidents were the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths, accounting for half (5,158) the deaths. The next two leading causes were poisoning (especially for men aged 25 to 44 years) and falls (especially among persons aged 75 and older). Drowning was second to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in children aged 1 to 14 years. California's age-adjusted injury mortality rates in 1985 were lower in coastal and urban counties than in inland and rural counties, and these rates were generally lower in counties having organized systems of trauma care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-483
Number of pages6
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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