The number of people who die from injuries such as falls, road accidents and poisoning varies dramatically aross England, research suggests.
Almost 11,000 people die each year from accidental injuries, including more than 2,000 from land transport accidents (mostly road, rail and cycling) and nearly 3,300 from falls.
But the rates at which people are killed or admitted to hospital differs according to where they live.
The findings were released by the South West Public Health Observatory on behalf of Public Health Observatories in England.
SWPHO director Dr Julia Verne said most of the deaths for accidental injury were preventable “making injuries a serious public health concern”.
She added: “Injuries don’t often make the headlines and are consequently something of a ‘hidden’ public health issue.
“This needs to change. We know that they disproportionately affect the young, the old and the least well off.”
She said differences may be down to social and economic differences between areas, or differences in access to NHS and care services or measures aimed at preventing injury.
“There may also be differences in the way injury information is recorded,” she said.
The local authority with the highest rate of accidental deaths was Melton in Leicestershire, with a rate of 29 deaths per 100,000 people, the figures showed.
This compared with Runnymede in Surrey, which had the lowest rate at 5.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
Melton also had the highest rate of years of life lost per year, at 95.6 per 10,000 people compared with just 10 per 10,000 in Surrey Heath, Surrey.
Data on emergency hospital admissions for accidental injury also differed in 2010/11, the report showed.
Overall, there were more than 650,500 hospital emergency admissions due to accidental injury, including nearly 50,000 due to land transport accidents and more than 281,000 due to falls in the over-65s.
Hospital admission rates for land transport accidents varied from just 48.8 admissions per 100,000 people in Kingston upon Thames to 189.8 per 100,000 in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Meanwhile, falls admission rates among the over-65s varied from 4,844.4 per 100,000 in Waltham Forest, London, to 1,259.4 in Eden, Cumbria.
Overall, there were 137,264 admissions due to accidental injury among children under 18 in 2010/11, with the highest in Liverpool (235.1 per 10,000) and the lowest in Three Rivers, Hertfordshire (69.7 per 10,000).
Poisoning accounted for more than 123,200 admissions overall, ranging from 539 per 100,000 in Middlesbrough to 67.8 per 100,000 in Wokingham, Berkshire.
Falls from height, or from one level to another, accounted for more than 51,500 admissions in total.
This rate varied from 165.9 in Halton in Cheshire to 42.9 per 100,000 in East Hertfordshire.
Meanwhile, alcohol is thought to have accounted for more than 167,000 admissions due to injury, varying from 617.9 per 100,000 in Lincoln to 95.9 per 100,000 in Wokingham.