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Minnesota Injury Facts 2005 Edition: Fatal Injuries

Fatal unintentional injuries ("accidents") steal the lives of 1,650 Minnesotans on average each year. Nearly 40 percent of these deaths are traffic-related; another 30 percent are caused by falls. Most are preventable.


Top Ten Causes of Unintentional-Injury Deaths in Minnesota, 2000-2004
Cause Deaths Percent of Total Yearly Average
Motor vehicle traffic 3,144 38.2 629
Fall 2,535 30.8 507
Poisoning 791 9.6 158
Suffocation 287 3.5 57
Drowning/submersion 248 3.0 50
Fire/flame 174 2.1 35
Natural/environmental 156 1.9 31
Land/transport, other 128 1.6 26
ATV/Snowmobile, nontraffic 122 1.5 24
Late effects of causes other than transport & fall 95 1.2 19

Source: Minnesota Department of Health
More information on fatal injuries in Minnesota: Minnesota Department of Health http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/mort/index.cfm

Non-fatal injuries, Minnesota
All injuries, U.S.
  • Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5307a1.htm


  • Additional Pages
    Traffic injuries, Minnesota
    Traffic injuries, U.S.
  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/


  • Workplace injuries, Minnesota
    Workplace injuries, U.S.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/bls/safety.htm
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/chartbook/


  • Injuries in the home, Minnesota
    Injuries in the home, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Recreational injuries, Minnesota
    Recreational injuries, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Minnesota injuries by age
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 1-19
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 20-39
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 40-59
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 60-85+

  • Minnesota Department of Health:
  • Emergency Department-treated Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 708 KB, 28 pages)
  • Nonfatal Hospitalized Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 241 KB, 28 pages)
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Minnesota injuries by gender Minnesota injuries by costs
  • Minnesota Department of Health, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/ed2001/index.cfm (see "Impact")
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/codes_project.asp


  • Prevention recommendations