Like many health problems, injuries are usually preventable. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among people age 15 to 24, both in the United States and among U.S. citizens traveling abroad. The mortality rate from injuries in this age group is almost three times higher among overseas travelers.
In a study of Peace Corps volunteer deaths, 70 percent were due to unintentional injury. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of injury deaths and of emergency evacuation.
You may be at increased risk of injury if:
To prevent injury while traveling: