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CDC Report Accident-Related Injuries Leading Cause of Death in Youths

June 08, 2018

CDC Report Shows Significant Increase in the Death of the Nation’s Youth; Accident-Related Injuries Leading Cause of Death

June 1, 2018 (  According to a report from, death rates of the nation’s youth have significantly increased since 2013.

Since 2013, there has been an alarming rate of death of the country’s youth.  According to a report from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cumulative death rate for children aged ten through nineteen decided by over 30% between 1999 and 2013, however, the rate significantly increased at alarming levels between 2013 and 2016.

The CDC report was released on Friday, June 1, 2018, revealing that deaths attributed to accidents and other causes has spiked in recent years when compared to deaths due to heart issues and cancer.

"When I first conceded to do this report 2½ years ago, I thought that we would be documenting a decline," stated Sally Curtin, a statistician at the CDC in Washington and lead author of the report. "We were surprised that there was such a broad increase across so many causes of death," she said. "There wasn't just one that was contributing."

 Generally, the primary cause of death among the nation’s youth is due to accident-related injuries such as car accidents.  This rate of death is followed by suicides and homicides, per the CDC.  In fact, for ten to nineteen year old people across the globe, they are most prone to death by traffic accident-related injuries, per the World Health Organization.

According to data, in 2016, it shows that ten to nineteen year old children were more prone to death by injuries in accidents.  The rate of accident death for this cohort went down between 1999 and 2013, but rose by thirteen percent between 2013 and 2016.  According to the online report, “motor vehicle traffic fatalities accounted for 62% of these unintentional injury deaths, followed by poisoning at 16% and drowning at 7%. Those three methods of accidental deaths accounted for 85% of all unintentional injury-related deaths in 2016.”

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