You may know that the leading causes of death in the United States are things like cancer, heart disease, car accidents and medical malpractice. However, what you're wondering about is what reasons there are for all nonfatal injuries. If you're hurt and live through the incident, what is the most likely reason why?

To help shed some light on the issue, here are some of the top reasons from the most recent data put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Unintentional falls are the main reason for injuries in almost every single age group. The only group to not see them as the No. 1 reason is 15-24. Even in that case, unintentional falls rank second. Examples include a fall from a ladder at work, a fall on a slick floor in the grocery store or a slip-and-fall accident on an icy sidewalk that was neglected after a winter storm.

Struck By

For everyone from infancy to 14 years old, the second leading cause of injury is being struck by or against another object. For those from 15-24, this is the leading cause, even outpacing falls. It then takes a bit of a break, giving way to overexertion as the second leading cause for those from 24-64. For those 65 years old and older, though, being struck by or against another object again takes over that No. 2 spot. Examples could include being hit by a falling object or struck with a piece of machinery.

Car Accidents

With tens of thousands of annual car accidents, you may be wondering where they rank. They don't even make the top 10 for those from infancy to 4 years old. For those between 5 years old and 9 years old, they rank seventh. That jumps to fifth for the 10-14 age group. For the 15-24 age group, it vaults all the way to third. It then begins dropping again, reaching fourth for those between 25 and 44 and then dropping to fifth for those between 45 and 64. It jumps back up to fourth for those 65 years old and older, and it ranks fourth overall as an average for all age groups.


No matter how you were hurt, those medical bills can be daunting. Be sure you know your legal options.