Unintentional injuries are accidents. They are subdivided into the type of accident.
Unintentional injuries are the sum of the following (with their contribution to the total Unintentional injuries deaths in 2002):
1. Road traffic accidents, Map 475, (33% of deaths).
2. Poisonings, Map 476, (10% of deaths).
3. Falls, Map 477, (11% of deaths).
4. Fires, Map 482, (9% of deaths).
5. Drownings, U154 Map 482, (11% of deaths).
6. Other unintentional injuries, Map 482, (26% of deaths).
Many accidents are preventable, particularly by introducing compulsory safety measures and education in safety.
Accidents may occur from medical conditions, such as blindness or difficulty walking, but are counted here and not with the underlying condition.
In territories where there is a reluctance to ascribe deaths to suicide, some suicides may be recorded as here as accidental deaths.
Unintentional injuries caused 6.2% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 570 deaths per million people per year.