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  • December 2016
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Non-Natural Death Trends in the United States

Unnatural Death
In Brief
Non-natural causes of death include motor vehicle accidents, falls, suicides, homicides, drowning, poisoning, complications from medical or surgical treatments, and exposure to smoke and fire.

While non-natural deaths have generally been decreasing worldwide, death rates from non-natural causes have been climbing in the United States. RGA offers a deeper look at U.S. non-natural mortality experience in four categories – other accidents, suicides, motor vehicle accidents, and homicides – and compares trends to experience from six developed countries. 

Reprinted with permission of ON THE RISK, Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting (

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