The Office of Injury Prevention

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Since 2000, injuries have been the leading cause of death in Texas for ages 1-44. In 2018, 44 people died from injuries and violence each day in Texas. Injuries are often preventable, and you can help lead the way toward injury prevention.

The Office of Injury Prevention's mission is to improve Texans' health by reducing injuries.

Our vision is to use data, epidemiological principles and public health best practices to inform injury prevention activities and programs.

Observing National Injury Prevention Day

Nov. 18 is National Injury Prevention Day. Injuries are the leading cause of death and hospitalization of children and their family members. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,053 children (age 14 and younger) died in traffic crashes in 2019.

That same year in Texas, 146 children from the same age group died in a crash, the highest number of child fatalities in the U.S. This rate in Texas (2.37) is higher than the U.S. rate (1.74). You can help prevent injuries by following best practices for child passenger safety. Download the Keeping Kids Safe: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Children in and Around Cars PDF on the NHTSA website. 

Last updated November 17, 2021