Suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury deaths, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study was put together by Ian Rockett, a professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University, and the findings point out that, while deaths from car crashes are on the decline over the last decade, suicide deaths are on the rise. According to Rockett, "Suicides are undercounted; I think the problem is much worse than official data would lead us to believe."

Rockett's study employed data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics for injury death causes from 2000 to 2009. In that time, deaths related to car crashes declined by 25 percent, while suicide rose by 15 percent. Over that same period, deaths from poisoning rose 128 percent, leading to Rockett's assertion of underreporting of suicides. Rockett noted that many poisoning deaths may actually be intentional prescription drug overdoses, leading to that drastic increase.

Though the article focuses on the circumstances regarding increases in suicide, the 25-percent decline in automobile deaths is worth noting. Many factors can play into that figure, including the wealth of new passive and active safety features, as well as the number of older vehicles taken off the road by Cash for Clunkers. Additionally, there have been some reports that fewer 16-year olds are getting their licenses, and more people are driving less due to rising costs associated with motoring. Whether this is a continuing trend remains to be seen, but it should be noted that many factors have led to that 25-percent drop.


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      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, cars have gotten safer, while times have gotten tougher.
      Pinhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Downer of a story. I've got 2 little kids, and every time I see a story about a teenage suicide it freaks me right the heck out.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pinhead
        As long as you love your children, gay or not, fat or not, etc., then you'll be fine.
      OnTheRocks
      • 2 Years Ago
      How depressing.
      Awhattup
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suicide rate among servicemembers is ever increasing.
      mx5bob95
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cash for Clunkers only accounts for 700,000 cars. How can you possibly consider that a significant factor out of 160 million passenger cars and light trucks on the road?
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad. They only one thing in life, and that is God if they want to succeed.
      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new number one is a lower value than the older one. That is something to look up to.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Welcome to year 4 of the Obama depression. It looks like Obama's ideas about raising taxes, deliberately making energy cost skyrocket (Obama's own words), and ensuring that businesses have absolutely no idea what their future tax and employee benefit costs are going to be isn't the best economic policy package afterall. But hey, Bin Laden (plus our Ambassador to Lybia and 3 others) is dead and GM is alive.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        Did you even read the article before you went off on your unrelated political rant? The data is from 2000-2009.
        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        See, this is a great example of why we can never really implement true solutions to real problems - most people don't even understand what the problem is or what caused it in the first place. It's easy to forgive your misunderstandings of the world economy as that's how the plutocrats want it, but if you think our current economic crisis started or was even significantly impacted due to Presidential poicies during the past 4 years (or even the past 12 years) then you're woefully ignorant of modern American history or geopolitics in general.
        DSK123
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        "Obama depression" lol That's a lot of big words for someone that's only four years old. Or are you older? Did you not live through the GWBush era and watch as his policies collapsed our economy? Or is Fox News so good at brain washing that you've completely forgotten about that?
          AngeloD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DSK123
          LOL, I forgot...IT"S ALL BUSH'S FAULT!!! and will be so long a fools beleive that lie. BTW, I'm deducting 5 points from your answer for using Bush's real name instead of referring to him as "Shrub" (since you're still wallowing in Bush Derrangement Syndrome 4 years after he left Office). How's Obama's 2008 $1.2 Trillion Stimulus Package working out for ya? Gotchya one a dem shovel ready jobs have ya? You must have since it reduced the unemployment rate down to 5.8% just like Obama promised...oh wait...
          Q
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DSK123
          Obama add 6 trillion dollars to the national debt in 4 years, more than any president before and more than bush in two terms. 6 trillion and what to show for it? You can get out of debt by going more in to debt. One day you'll; wake up and dollar won't be worth the paper its printed on and why would anyone go to work? deliver food? Look up QE3, how much we're printing now. Its unsustainable.
          Dark Gnat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DSK123
          Q: Most of the trillions Obama spent was the result of two wars and the bailouts, which Bush initiated. Obama inherited the problems, and did the same thing Bush would have done.
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        digiboi
        • 2 Years Ago
        AHAHAHA. You just pwnd your fascist right wing BS. If you read the article, (I'm sure your reading comprehension is lacking from underfunded public education) you would have noted that the statistics were compiled from 2000-2009. Who was president for most of that time? Loser.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        Baby Boomers did this. The population is upside down (age-wise) and they aren't leaving the jobs so other people can fill them. They also take more prescription drugs and watch idiotic False News.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes, his mind-controlling telepathic czars are telling people to off themselves to reduce the population.
        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 2 Years Ago
        The seeds of our current economic problems were born many decades ago, they didn't pop up overnight. But this is a great example of why we're hopelessly unable to solve our problems. As a society we're far too ignorant of history and geopolitics to even begin to understand what the problem actually is.
      Cheetahjab
      • 2 Years Ago
      I tried to kill myself after reading the story but wound up getting into a car accident instead , now I'm too injured to kill myself so I sit here and read the story again. :p
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      People that TRY to kill themselves, and fail, should be killed by law because they obviously can't do anything right. Seriously, its not that difficult.
        Duck
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Its really not. I killed myself like three and a half times already.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
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