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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2004 Edition: Traffic Injuries and Deaths, Minnesota

The 655 traffic deaths in Minnesota last year were just two fewer than 2002, and the second highest toll since 1981 (763 deaths). Alcohol-related deaths increased by 6.6%. Seat belt use reached a record-high 82%, but nearly half (48%) of those killed last year weren't buckled up.

Contributing factors vary by the driver's age, and whether the crash involved a single vehicle or multiple vehicles. Leading factors for fatal crashes across all ages were illegal or unsafe speed, driver inattention or distraction, chemical impairment, and failure to yield the right of way.

Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety

More information about traffic crashes in Minnesota available from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety at http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/crash_facts.asp

Traffic injuries, U.S.

  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA


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


  • 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