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October 15, 2013

New Jersey enjoys an unusually low incidence of unintentional-injury deaths, ranking first in the country with 21.5 per 100,000 population. The rate for the country as a whole is 38.4, according to the National Safety Council’s 2013 Injury Facts edition.

A key reason for the low number of unintentional-injury deaths in New Jersey is the relatively scant number due to motor vehicle accidents. Say what you will about New Jersey drivers, but the Garden State showed only a 6.5 rate of death per 100,000 population in 2009 -- similar to the rate for the District of Columbia.

What’s more, the trend of unintentional deaths in New Jersey is positive. In 2006, the total number was 2,590. In 2009, it was 1,875. And the total rate per 100,000 population dropped from 30 to 21.5.

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