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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Unintentional Injury

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of deaths among persons aged 1-4 and 10-44 years and the fourth leading cause among all ages combined. Unintentional injuries are, for the most part, preventable.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by County, New Jersey, 2015

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths with unintentional injury as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: V01-X59, Y85-Y86 Unintentional injuries are commonly referred to as accidents and include poisonings (drugs, alcohol, fumes, pesticides, etc.), motor vehicle crashes, falls, fire, drowning, suffocation, and any other external cause of death.


Number of deaths due to unintentional injury


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce unintentional injury deaths

U.S. Target: 36.4 deaths per 100,000 population

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey, more than 3,000 deaths each year are due to unintentional injuries. These include poisonings, motor vehicle-related fatalities, falls, suffocation, drowning, fire and smoke-related injuries, and others. The age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury had been generally increasing in recent years with a rise in unintentional poisonings. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have much higher death rates than females. In New Jersey, the age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury is highest among White males. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from a low of 23 in Bergen to a high of 63 in Salem.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The New Jersey age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury is 22% below the U.S. rate. New Jersey's stringent helmet laws and laws related to motor vehicle safety likely contribute to the state's continued lower death rate overall. The state's dense population also allows most residents to be in close proximity to hospitals that offer high quality trauma treatment.

What Is Being Done?

The NJDOH was involved in a collaborative effort with other state and community agencies, culminating in the release of "[ Preventing Injury in New Jersey: Priorities for Action]", a comprehensive set of recommendations for injury and violence prevention.

Available Services

Poison Control: [] or 1-800-222-1222 Child Safety Seat Check Events: [] Fall Prevention: []
Page Content Updated On 07/10/2017, Published on 07/10/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:01:08 EST