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Minnesota Injury Facts 2004 Edition: Fatal Injuries, Minnesota

Unintentional injuries ("accidents") shatter the lives of hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans each year and add significantly to our spiraling health care costs. Most of them are preventable.

Each year, unintentional injuries kill more than 1,500 Minnesotans and injure hundreds of thousands more. Motor vehicle-related injuries cause about 4 out of 10 of the deaths, followed by falls and poisonings.

Top Ten Causes of Unintentional-Injury Deaths in Minnesota,
1998–2002
Cause Deaths Percent of Total Yearly Average
Motor vehicle traffic 3,163 39.9 633
Fall 2,280 28.8 456
Poisoning 617 7.8 123
Suffocation 331 4.2 66
Drowning/submersion 286 3.6 57
Fire/flame 198 2.5 40
Natural/environmental 169 2.1 34
Land/transport, other 120 1.5 24
ATV/Snowmobile, nontraffic 99 1.2 20
Machinery 76 0.9 15

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.nhtsa.gov/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:
  • 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