Injuries are not accidents – they can be prevented. Injuries are not random, uncontrollable events, but rather predictable and preventable incidences with identifiable causes. Of the 3,178 injury deaths in Alabama in 2001, 70% were due to “unintentional” injury and 30% were due to violence, or “intentional” injury. Injuries affect everyone.
Intentional injuries are something you do with the purpose of hurting yourself or others. These are planned actions. Homicides and suicides are the top two intentional injuries in Alabama.
Examples of intentional injuries include the following: