The Canadian Way of Death

Canada is a very safe country.

Here’s how we die.

Ages 1-4: #6 Motor vehicle crashes

Ages 5-9: #5 Motor vehicle crashes

Ages 10-14: #3 Motor vehicle crashes, #4 Suicide

Ages 15-19: #1 Motor vehicle crashes, #2 Suicide

Ages 20-24: #1 Motor vehicle crashes, #2 Suicide

Ages 25-29: #1 Suicide, #2 Motor vehicle crashes

Ages 30-34: #1 Suicide, #4 Motor vehicle crashes

What kills people from 10 to 34 is being in a car, driving a car, being in the way of a car, and despair.

Data from Statistics Canada. CANSIM 102-0551 (Deaths and mortality rate, by selected grouped causes, age group and sex, Canada, annual, 2000 to 2009) with two choices (using Add/Remove Data): ages 1-34 selected and importantly, the general category Accidents (unintentional injuries) [V01-X59, Y85-Y86] split into Transport Accidents (which are really motor vehicle crashes, not accidents) and Non-Transport Accidents. Incidentally, this international standard choice for grouping Transport and Non-Transport together as “Accidents” often obscures the fact that transport crashes are a major cause of death.

If you want to see the total number of Canadians killed by motor vehicle crashes, by age group, see Statistics Canada table Motor vehicle accidents causing death, by sex and by age group (a different extract from CANSIM 102-0551).

Note: Graphs below are not all to the same scale (X axes changes as number of deaths increases).  You can click any of them to see a larger version (they’re hosted on Flickr).

Here is the data file used: cansim4025849392952653274.csv (zipped CSV file, you can unzip and open in e.g. Excel)