Deaths from Accidents (Unintentional Injuries)
Allegan County, Michigan

Unintentional injury deaths—accidents—were the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unintentional injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, poisoning from drugs or other substances, strangulation and suffocation, discharge of firearms, and exposure to fire or smoke, as well as many other accidental causes of bodily harm. (These deaths do not include intentional injuries, namely homicides and suicides.)

Unintentional injury mortality is not evenly distributed among the population. In particular, seniors are extremely vulnerable to deaths from unintentional injuries, often from falls. This report explores the trends and demographic data on accidental injury mortality in Allegan County, Michigan. 

How do accident mortality trends in Allegan County compare to Michigan and the United States? 

Nationally, deaths from unintentional injuries have been becoming more common in recent years. Much of the increase is driven by the opioid crisis—unintentional injuries include deaths from drug poisonings.

How does unintentional injury mortality differ by age in Allegan County?

Nationally, older seniors are far more likely to die from unintentional injuries than younger Americans. Note the rate shown here is crude, not age-adjusted like the other charts in this report. Data may be unavailable for age ranges in Allegan County or Michigan with small populations. To see data for different years, use the time-slider beneath the chart.

How does accident mortality vary by sex in county?

While unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, nationally, men have a much higher age-adjusted mortality rate than women. 

How does accident mortality differ by race in Allegan County?

Nationally, whites, African Americans, and Native Americans suffer higher rates of unintentional injuries than do Asians or Pacific Islanders. (Note that mortality data for small populations may be unavailable in Allegan County or Michigan.)

About the Data

Mortality data in this story is from CDC Wonder, queried with the following ICD-10 codes for underlying cause of death: V01-V99, W00-X59, Y85-Y86. The CDC does not report death counts fewer than ten, or rates with numerators less than 20.