Data systems have clearly identified injuries as a leading
cause of death throughout the world. Christopher Murray and
Alan Lopez have reviewed the leading factors behind mortality
and disability on a global basis. This work is presented in
their book, "The Global Burden of Disease", Harvard University
Press, 1996. Among the countries in the developed world,
injuries from motor vehicle accidents are the 8th leading cause
of death. Suicides are the 9th leading causes of death. The
impact is greater if the cancer categories are grouped together.
In the developing world, recent evidence suggests that injuries
are assuming a greater importance as a cause of death and
disability. In 1990, deaths from road traffic accidents were
the 10th leading cause of death in developing regions. Further,
the impact of injuries from accidents are projected to increase
dramatically to the year 2020.