This Fatal Injuries website presents the number of fatal injuries and rates per 100,000 population by age, gender and cause of injury for Michigan residents.

Fatal injuries have been categorized into four major groups: Unintentional Injuries, Homicides,  Suicides, and Other Injuries including complications in medical/surgical care, legal intervention/war, and undetermined causes. The data were further divided into more detailed causes. They are grouped according to the recommendations from the standard definitions the CDC's Injury Surveillance and Epidemiology Section uses in creating data tables from the hospital discharge and death data.

Unintentional deaths include deaths due to vehicle traffic accidents and other accidents such as falls, accidental discharge of firearms, drowning and submersion, smoke exposure, fire and flames, accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances, other and unspecified accidents and their late effects.

Homicides include deaths due to intentional harm committed by another such as assault by discharge of firearms, cutting and piercing, hanging and strangulation, abuse and neglect, and assault by other and unspecified means and their late effects.

Suicides include deaths due to self-inflicted harm such as discharge of firearms, hanging and suffocation, poisoning, cuttting and piercing, jumping, and other and unspecified means and their late effects.

Other Injury Related Deaths include deaths due to complications in medical and surgical care, war and legal intervention, and undetermined intent.

It should be noted that underlying causes of death prior to 1999 were classified in accordance with the ninth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9).   Underlying causes of death since 1999 were classified in accordance with the tenth revision (ICD-10). While with each revision there are differences in classifying the underlying causes of death, the differences for the injury classifications is extremely slight and should have no impact on comparability of data from the two revisions.

The number of injuries are from the Michigan Resident Death Files prepared by the Data Development Section, Michigan Department of Community Health. Population census 2000 is from the U.S. Bureau of Census. Population estimates for other years are from the Office of the State Demographer, Michigan Department of Management and Budget.The causes of injuries are the underlying causes recorded in the Michigan Residents Death Files by the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

This website is prepared by the Health Data Analysis Services Unit, Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics. If you have questions or comments about this Web site, please contact Thu Le, Ph.D., E-mail

To view detailed information on fatal injuries in your community, start by selecting any of the tables to the left.  The community-level tables provide fatal injuries for Michigan's local health departments and counties; links to the community-level tables appear above.

After selecting your community, scroll down through the list that appears and click on the desired choice. Alternately, instead of scrolling and entire list, you may type the first letter of your community in order to move closer to it in the list. For example, to selelct Tuscola County, press the down arrow in the County list and press "T".