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Men are More Likely to Suffer Accidental Injury

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Updated February 13, 2006

Men More at Risk from Accidental Death
Injuries represent one of the leading causes of death throughout the world. In the US accidents claim more than 90,000 deaths each year and it is men are far more likely to die as a result of an accident than women.

Those at most risk are teens and men between the ages of 15 and 24 yrs of age, although in the US the risks are still high up to the age of 35. In the 15 to 24 year age group there are over 4 male deaths for every one female death because of accidents.

In 2001 statistics we can see the disproportionate rate of male female deaths in these examples

  • Accidental drowning deaths- men 1.8 per 100,000, women 0.5 per 100,000

  • Deaths from accidental discharge of firearms- men 0.15 per 100,000, women 0.1 per 100,000

  • Deaths from fall injury- men 7.2 per 100,000, women 3.9 per 100,000

  • Men are three times as likely as women to be killed in motor vehicle accidents

  • Men over the age of 65 years are twice as likely as women to be killed in motor vehicle accidents

  • Men in the over 75 age group are twice as likely as women to die as a result of an accident even though women considerably outnumber men in this age group.
  • Men are more likely to suffer head injuries
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