Injuries and Other Death Rates (Including Motor Vehicle Accident Deaths and Suicide Death Rate)

Disclosure

Please read footnotes, titles and explanations with each chart for source(s) and explanation of data.  It is important to note that some of the data presented below can not be taken as absolutely definitive since a minimum of 15 cases are required to calculate a stable age-adjusted rate. Considering the small populations in our rural counties, in several instances, the age-adjusted rates displayed below were calculated with fewer than 15 cases.  Also, where the information is left blank, counts/rates were suppressed, likely due to having fewer than 5 reported cases within the specified category.

Instructions

Some of the tables below have filters.  In such, use these filters to select the “category” for which you are interested, this will also change the trend chart.  Then, click the county/counties within the legend of the associated trend chart to view the county/counties for which you are interested.


Suicide and motor vehicle death rates fluctuate annually, but have similar trends if averaged out over decades.

Other Death Rates per 100,000

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Sources:

Notes:

  • 7 Year Trended Data for Counties and District only.

Introduction

Injuries/accidents are included in the top ten leading causes of death in Kentucky, as well as the nation. Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) are the third leading cause of death in Kentucky and the United States. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the Nation.

Analysis (June 2021)

Kentucky and our district have much higher rates of Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) deaths than the nation. Over the last decade rates have increased in some counties (Adair, Clinton, Casey, Pulaski, and Taylor) and plateaued in the rest. Clinton County’s rates are 4 times the national average and almost 3 times higher than Kentucky’s. Motor vehicle accidents are preventable much of the time.

 Suicide rates have increased in 6 of our counties, Casey, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne with Casey having the highest rate in 2019. All counties in the Lake Cumberland District show suicide death rates higher than the national average.

Discussion

There are some simple behaviors everyone can do to keep us all safer when driving or riding in a car:

  • use a seat belt, all the time,
  • make sure children are properly buckled in the back, using a car seat or booster seat that is correct for their age, height, and weight,
  • obey the speed limits,
  • do not use a cell phone while driving (for texting or talking),
  • and, do not drive when you are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Use this resource for suicide prevention advice.

Future plans include providing information to the local health coalitions so that they are aware of the data regarding MVA and suicide.  It is our hope that education can be shared among the communities.  https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/motor-vehicle-safety/index.html