Injury is physical harm or damage to the body that can result in the impairment or destruction of health. Injuries can be the result of intentional or unintentional events such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, firearms, poisoning, drowning, or suffocation. Injuries are a serious public health problem that can have a lifelong impact. Understanding the prevalence of injuries is a key part of protecting South Dakotans from injury so individuals, families, and communities can be safe, healthy, and thriving.
South Dakota seat belt use data from the 2020 BRFSS report.
From 2011 to 2020, there were 1,494 unintentional fall-related deaths among South Dakotans aged 65 years and older. The number of fall-related deaths increased 53% from 125 deaths in 2011 to 191 deaths in 2020. South Dakota had the fourth highest crude rate (106.8 per 100,000) for unintentional fall-related deaths among individuals aged 65 years and older, the national rate was 59.1 per 100,000.
South Dakota high school youth injury and violence data from the 2009-2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
South Dakota unintentional falls data from the 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).