Unintentional injury (accidents), homicides, and suicides are the leading causes of death among young adults ages 18–24. Public health prevention efforts to reduce fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes include promoting seatbelt use and initiatives to reduce drinking and driving.60 Public health efforts to reduce violence include strategies to provide youth with skills, safe environments, supportive relationships, and opportunities for success.61
NOTE: The 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for data on race and ethnicity were used. Data for Hispanic origin and specified race populations other than White, non-Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic should be interpreted with caution because of inconsistencies between reporting race and Hispanic origin on death certificates, censuses, and surveys.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System.
61 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Prevention and Control. (2012). Saving lives and protecting people: Preventing violence against children and youth. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/about/focus-cm.html.