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Non-Natural Death Trends in the United States


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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The Authors

  • Scott Rushing
    Vice President and Actuary,
    Head of Risk and Behavioral Science,
    Global Data and Analytics
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  • Jason McKinley
    Global Research and Data Analytics
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