• Fact Sheet
  • March 11, 2015

Injury Prevention Facts and Trends

What is an Unintentional Injury?

“Unintentional injuries include only those injuries that occur without intent of harm.” For decades, unintentional injuries such as those related to motor vehicle crashes, fires, falls, poisoning and drowning have been the leading cause of death and disability for children older than age one in this country. Despite the nearly 30 percent decline in death rates among children and adolescents in the last decade, each day about 24 children die from an unintentional injury.

Why Should We Be Concerned?

Injury harms more children than all childhood diseases combined and is the leading cause of death in American children ages 1 to 14. 

Every hour one child dies from an injury and every 4 seconds, a child is treated for an injury in the emergency department.  Yet, most injuries are predictive and preventable. Prevention of those injuries is of critical importance to those interested in the health and well-being of children. By advancing child health through prevention, the Children's Hospital Association joins all children’s advocates in their commitment to stem the tide of childhood injury.

Association Contact: Anne Barsanti, (202) 753-5342