According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 77 percent of deaths among youth ages 10 to 24 years are caused by unintentional injuries or violence. That’s more than the number of deaths from all diseases combined.
In 2016, the four main causes of death among people ages 10 to 24 were:
- Motor vehicle crashes: 22 percent
- Suicide: 20 percent
- Homicide: 15 percent
- Other unintentional injuries: 20 percent
The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey highlights behaviors that contribute to these injuries and deaths among high school students. By knowing these risk factors and behaviors, you can increase your awareness and reduce your risk.