Top Ten Causes of Death in the United States

roadside crossThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the National Vital Statistics Reports Death: Leading Causes for 2016. Data about the leading cause of death has been published since 1952 (beginning with mortality data from 1949).

It’s important to remember that this information can vary depending on the criteria used to select causes. It can also vary quite a bit based on segments of the population, such as gender and age. However, understanding the top causes of death can help us all understand general trends and work towards a healthier lifestyle. While accidents aren’t always preventable, changing habits could help you avoid heart disease, diabetes, and some of the other leading causes of death.

Here is the list of the top ten causes of death for the general population in the United States in 2016:

  • Diseases of the heart
  • Malignant neoplasms (cancerous tumor)
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide)

These ten causes accounted for nearly three quarters of all deaths that occurred in the United States in 2016.

There are a wide range of incidents that fall into the accident category, from motor vehicle crashes to falling from a ladder. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.