Suicide has overtaken car crashes as the biggest cause of death in the United States.
New data show that the national suicide rate has risen 15 percent over the last decade, while car crash deaths have dropped by a quarter. Car crash deaths have decreased because of new safety measures implemented by the government, but researchers feel that other causes of death may need to be addressed now.
“Comprehensive and sustained traffic safety measures have apparently substantially diminished the motor vehicle traffic mortality rate, and similar attention and resources are needed to reduce the burden of other injury,” wrote study researcher Ian Rockett, of West Virginia University.
In addition to an increase of suicides, the study data also found that deaths from falls and from accidental poisoning also rose.
The top five leading causes of death in the United States in order are: suicide, car crashes, accidental poisoning, falling and murder.
The new findings were published in the American Journal of Public Health.If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK.