Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children ages 1–17 in the U.S. and Texas.1 The leading cause of unintentional injury deaths varies by age group:1
- Infants: suffocation due to unsafe sleep environments
- Children 1–4 years: drowning
- Children 5–17 years: motor vehicle traffic accidents
- Young children and teens: unintentional poisoning and firearm injuries
The Center for Children's Health has created programs and coalitions to prevent unintentional injuries.
In the eight-county service area, 1 in 5 children is not always buckled up while in a vehicle, and rates vary by age group and decrease with older children.2 One in 8 children received emergency care for an accidental injury. This represents approximately 147,770 children ages 0–17 (12%) in the eight-county service area. 1 in 10 school-age children missed school due to an accidental injury, with the highest percentage among 12–17 year olds.1