Injury is a major public health problem in the United States. Injuries — including those caused by accidents and violence — are the third-leading cause of death nationally — and they are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of one and 44.1 One person dies from an injury every three minutes. Every year, injuries generate $406 billion in lifetime costs for medical care and lost productivity.
While individuals are responsible for taking steps to stay safe and protect themselves and their families from injuries, experts have found that public education, laws and policies can also play a major role in helping keep Americans healthy and safe. From child safety seats to poison control centers, policies and programs can help Americans make healthier and safer choices for themselves and their families.
Source: Trust for America’s Health