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Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes as a Leading Cause of Death in the United States, 2006

October 29, 2009

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes as a Leading Cause of Death in the United States, 2006
DOT HS 811 226
October 2009

Summary
In 2006, motor vehicle traffic crashes were the leading cause of death for every age 3 through 34. Because of the young lives consumed, motor vehicle traffic crashes ranked third overall in terms of the years of life lost, i.e., the number of remaining years that the person is expected to have lived had they not died, behind only cancer and heart diseases. The table (page 2) shows the 10 leading causes of death by age group in 2006. The age groups reflect categories of interest to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in terms of child-restraint programs (toddlers, infants, and young children), new drivers (youth and young adults), other adults, and older people.

PDF 2 pages:
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811226.PDF

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