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Complete Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Unintentional Injury

Definition

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.

Numerator

Number of deaths due to unintentional injury

Denominator

Total number of persons in the population

Why Is This Important?

Unintentional injury was the leading cause of deaths among persons aged 15-44 years and the fourth leading cause among all ages combined in 2020. Unintentional injuries are, for the most part, preventable.

Healthy People Objective: Reduce unintentional injury deaths

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

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey, nearly 4,800 deaths were due to unintentional injuries in 2020. These include poisonings, falls, motor vehicle-related fatalities, suffocation, drowning, fire and smoke-related injuries, and others. New Jersey's age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury rose sharply between 2014 and 2018 due to a rise in unintentional poisonings but has been relatively stable since then. In 2019, falls became the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for the first time, while motor vehicle crashes dropped to third. This was due to both a slow decline in motor vehicle-related injuries and a slow increase in fall-related injuries. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have much higher death rates than females. In 2020, the age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury was highest among Black males followed by White males. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) ranged from a low of 24.4 in Hunterdon to a high of 105.5 in Cape May.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The New Jersey age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury was 30% below the U.S. rate in 2009, but the gap has disappeared due to the opioid crisis. New Jersey's motor vehicle safety laws likely contribute to the state's continued lower motor vehicle-related death rate. The state's dense population also allows most residents to be in close proximity to hospitals that offer high quality trauma treatment.

Available Services

Poison Control: [http://www.njpies.org/] or 1-800-222-1222 Fall Prevention: [http://nj.gov/humanservices/doas/services/fallprev/index.html] Child Safety Seat Check Schedule: [https://www.njoag.gov/about/divisions-and-offices/division-of-highway-traffic-safety-home/division-of-highway-traffic-safety-child-passenger-safety/]


Related Indicators

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Data Tables


Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by Year, New Jersey and the United States, 2000-2020

US/NJYearDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 42
US200034.934.735.297,900
US200135.735.535.9101,537
US200237.136.937.4106,742
US200337.637.437.8109,277
US200438.137.838.3112,012
US200539.539.339.7117,809
US200640.240.040.5121,599
US200740.440.140.6123,706
US200839.239.039.5121,902
US200937.537.337.7118,021
US201038.037.838.2120,859
US201139.138.939.4126,438
US201239.038.839.3127,792
US201339.439.239.6130,557
US201440.540.340.7136,053
US201543.243.043.4146,571
US201647.447.247.7161,374
US201749.449.249.6169,936
US201848.047.848.2167,127
US201949.349.049.5173,040
US202057.657.357.8200,955
NJ200026.725.627.82,291
NJ200128.026.829.12,411
NJ200229.928.831.12,604
NJ200327.126.028.22,377
NJ200426.425.327.52,331
NJ200528.927.830.02,567
NJ200629.228.130.42,596
NJ200727.126.028.22,427
NJ200826.925.828.02,437
NJ200926.425.427.52,421
NJ201026.725.627.82,491
NJ201128.627.529.72,688
NJ201231.730.632.92,991
NJ201331.930.733.13,029
NJ201431.130.032.32,970
NJ201534.032.835.23,219
NJ201641.239.842.53,840
NJ201748.046.649.54,484
NJ201850.248.751.74,676
NJ201949.347.850.74,657
NJ202050.549.152.04,776

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [https://wonder.cdc.gov/Deaths-by-Underlying-Cause.html]
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2020

Race/EthnicityDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 6
White57.755.659.83,018
Black67.462.772.2841
Hispanic39.636.742.4709
Asian13.711.316.2120
New Jersey50.549.152.04,776
United States57.657.357.8200,955

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by Race/Ethnicity and Sex, New Jersey, 2020

SexRace/EthnicityDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 8
MaleWhite82.678.986.32,001
MaleBlack104.996.3113.5608
MaleHispanic61.956.866.9563
MaleAsian18.314.322.377
FemaleWhite33.531.235.81,017
FemaleBlack34.730.039.4233
FemaleHispanic16.814.219.5146
FemaleAsian9.56.712.343

Data Notes

Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by Year and Cause, New Jersey, 2000-2020

Injury TypeYearDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 84
Poisoning20006.25.66.7527
Poisoning20016.76.17.2577
Poisoning20028.17.58.7704
Poisoning20037.26.67.8623
Poisoning20046.05.56.5520
Poisoning20058.47.89.0730
Poisoning20068.88.19.4759
Poisoning20077.77.18.3662
Poisoning20088.07.48.6707
Poisoning20098.57.99.1740
Poisoning20109.38.79.9822
Poisoning201110.810.211.5971
Poisoning201213.012.213.71,146
Poisoning201314.113.314.91,252
Poisoning201413.612.814.31,192
Poisoning201516.115.317.01,406
Poisoning201623.222.224.22,015
Poisoning201729.928.731.02,605
Poisoning201832.931.734.12,870
Poisoning201931.530.432.72,784
Poisoning202032.130.933.32,836
Fall20002.82.53.2248
Fall20013.02.63.4266
Fall20023.22.83.6287
Fall20033.02.63.4271
Fall20043.93.54.3359
Fall20054.13.74.5380
Fall20064.03.64.5379
Fall20073.93.54.4375
Fall20084.23.84.7408
Fall20094.03.64.4391
Fall20104.03.64.5410
Fall20113.83.44.2386
Fall20124.84.45.3503
Fall20134.54.15.0479
Fall20144.84.35.2512
Fall20154.84.35.2511
Fall20164.94.45.3532
Fall20174.84.35.2527
Fall20184.74.35.2537
Fall20195.24.75.6605
Fall20205.34.85.8613
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20009.08.49.7760
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20018.88.29.4741
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20028.88.29.5752
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20039.18.49.7777
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20048.98.29.5763
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20058.68.09.2746
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20068.78.19.3751
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20078.07.48.6693
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20086.66.07.1571
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20096.35.86.8554
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20106.25.76.8554
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20117.26.67.7647
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20126.86.27.3617
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20136.05.46.5546
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20146.05.56.5557
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20156.35.86.8578
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20166.66.17.2610
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20176.76.27.2631
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20186.35.86.8585
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20196.35.76.8584
Motor Vehicle - Traffic20206.45.96.9604
Suffocation20001.61.41.9143
Suffocation20011.81.52.0154
Suffocation20021.71.42.0150
Suffocation20031.41.21.7129
Suffocation20041.61.41.9148
Suffocation20052.01.82.4189
Suffocation20061.71.42.0162
Suffocation20071.71.42.0163
Suffocation20081.81.52.1171
Suffocation20091.91.62.2181
Suffocation20101.71.52.0172
Suffocation20111.61.31.8158
Suffocation20121.81.52.0184
Suffocation20132.11.82.4212
Suffocation20141.81.52.0186
Suffocation20151.61.41.9178
Suffocation20161.61.41.9176
Suffocation20171.71.42.0182
Suffocation20181.71.42.0189
Suffocation20191.61.31.8173
Suffocation20201.51.31.8172

Data Notes

Only causes with more than 100 deaths each year are shown. "Poisoning" includes drugs, alcohol, gases, pesticides, and other chemicals and noxious substances. "Suffocation" includes inhalation or ingestion of food, gastric contents, or other objects causing obstruction of respiratory tract; unintentional suffocation, strangulation, or hanging in bed or elsewhere; threat to breathing due to cave-in, falling earth and other substances; trapped in a low-oxygen environment; and other threats to breathing.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Unintentional Injury Deaths by Cause, New Jersey, 2020

Injury TypePercentage of Unintentional Injury DeathsNumer- ator
Record Count: 11
Poisoning59.4%2,836
Fall12.8%613
Motor Vehicle - Traffic12.7%605
Suffocation3.6%172
Drowning/Submersion1.6%78
Fire/Flame/Smoke1.0%47
Natural/Environmental0.5%26
Other Injury Mechanisms2.5%119
Unspecified Injury5.9%281

Data Notes

"Poisoning" includes drugs, alcohol, gases, pesticides, and other chemicals and noxious substances. "Suffocation" includes inhalation or ingestion of food, gastric contents, or other objects causing obstruction of respiratory tract; unintentional suffocation, strangulation, or hanging in bed or elsewhere; threat to breathing due to cave-in, falling earth and other substances; trapped in a low-oxygen environment; and other threats to breathing. "Other Injury Mechanisms" include other land transport (non-traffic, non-motor vehicle), non-land transport (air, water, etc.), struck by/against, machinery, firearm, hot object/substance or caustic substance, cutting/piercing, and other specified injuries.

Data Source

Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health


Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by Race/Ethnicity and Cause, New Jersey, 2018-2020

Race/EthnicityInjury TypeDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 24
WhitePoisoning40.639.541.6
WhiteFall5.65.26.0
WhiteMotor Vehicle - Traffic5.95.56.3
WhiteSuffocation1.61.41.8
WhiteDrowning/Submersion0.60.50.8
WhiteFire/Flame/Smoke0.40.30.5
BlackPoisoning44.842.647.1
BlackFall2.82.23.4
BlackMotor Vehicle - Traffic8.47.49.3
BlackSuffocation2.11.62.6
BlackDrowning/Submersion0.80.51.2
BlackFire/Flame/Smoke0.70.41.0
HispanicPoisoning23.021.724.3
HispanicFall3.93.44.5
HispanicMotor Vehicle - Traffic6.55.87.1
HispanicSuffocation1.10.91.4
HispanicDrowning/Submersion0.60.40.8
HispanicFire/Flame/Smoke0.50.30.6
AsianPoisoning2.92.23.5
AsianFall3.02.33.6
AsianMotor Vehicle - Traffic2.51.93.1
AsianSuffocation**
AsianDrowning/Submersion**
AsianFire/Flame/Smoke**

Data Notes

Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. **There are too few deaths among Asians to calculate reliable rates for some injury types. Those are denoted by a blank bar in the graph. "Poisoning" includes drugs, alcohol, gases, pesticides, and other chemicals and noxious substances. "Suffocation" includes inhalation or ingestion of food, gastric contents, or other objects causing obstruction of respiratory tract; unintentional suffocation, strangulation, or hanging in bed or elsewhere; threat to breathing due to cave-in, falling earth and other substances; trapped in a low-oxygen environment; and other threats to breathing.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by Sex and Cause, New Jersey, 2018-2020

SexInjury TypeDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 14
MalePoisoning48.447.249.5
MaleFall7.06.57.4
MaleMotor Vehicle - Traffic9.38.89.8
MaleSuffocation2.01.82.3
MaleDrowning/Submersion1.21.01.4
MaleFire/Flame/Smoke0.60.40.7
MaleNatural/Environmental0.40.30.5
FemalePoisoning16.315.617.0
FemaleFall3.63.33.9
FemaleMotor Vehicle - Traffic3.53.23.8
FemaleSuffocation1.31.11.5
FemaleDrowning/Submersion0.20.10.3
FemaleFire/Flame/Smoke0.30.20.4
FemaleNatural/Environmental0.20.10.2

Data Notes

"Poisoning" includes drugs, alcohol, gases, pesticides, and other chemicals and noxious substances. "Suffocation" includes inhalation or ingestion of food, gastric contents, or other objects causing obstruction of respiratory tract; unintentional suffocation, strangulation, or hanging in bed or elsewhere; threat to breathing due to cave-in, falling earth and other substances; trapped in a low-oxygen environment; and other threats to breathing.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Unintentional Injury by County, New Jersey, 2020

CountyDeaths per 100,000 Standardized PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 23
Atlantic93.481.7105.1259
Bergen35.131.338.9354
Burlington54.647.761.4260
Camden77.970.285.6408
Cape May105.584.5126.593
Cumberland82.267.696.9123
Essex53.348.258.3458
Gloucester76.766.786.7222
Hudson35.931.440.5252
Hunterdon24.415.733.136
Mercer50.943.658.2194
Middlesex44.239.748.8388
Monmouth49.243.754.7311
Morris35.029.840.2190
Ocean63.457.169.7374
Passaic52.045.758.3276
Salem84.461.6107.251
Somerset31.025.037.0110
Sussex57.645.070.185
Union45.039.550.6265
Warren61.946.976.967
New Jersey50.549.052.04,776
United States57.657.357.8200,955

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

References and Community Resources

CDC Injury Prevention and Control: [https://www.cdc.gov/injury/index.html] CDC's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System: [https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html] See links in Related Indicators for more references and resources.

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