Odds of Dying
The National Safety Council is kicking off National Safety Month by unveiling its annual list of Americans’ “Odds of Dying” from various causes. The list of statistical averages – calculated using fatality data for the entire U.S. population – details the lifetime odds of dying from various causes of death.
“Americans worry about the wrong things - for example, 865 times more people are killed in motor vehicle crashes than in commercial plane crashes,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “While ‘San Andreas’ was No. 1 at the box office, earthquakes are very rare events. Knowing the real odds of dying can empower people to make better choices and result in longer lives.”
The NSC has created an infographic that you can find here.
Car Crashes Versus...
The most deadly thing a worker does is get behind the wheel. Your odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash are 1 in 112.
Despite all the movies making airplane crashes seem fairly frequent, your chances of being killed in a commercial airplane crash only are 1 in 96,566.
Fatal Overdose on Prescription Meds Versus...
Oh, the pain! Your odds of suffering a fatal overdose from opioid prescription painkillers is 1 in 234.
Your odds of being electrocuted are 1 in 12,200.
Number of Deaths
Percent Change: 4.8%
...Dying in a Cataclysmic Storm
Despite what "Sharknado" would have us believe, your chances of being swept up by a cataclysmic storm are 1 in 6,780.
Being Killed While a Passenger in a Car Versus...
Be aware of who's giving you a ride. Your odds of being killed while a passenger in a car are 1 in 470.
...Being Struck By Lightning
You know what's almost as rare as lightning striking the same spot twice? Lightning striking you at all. Your chances of being killed by a ligting strike is 1 in 164,968.
Pedestrian deaths start to increase in late summer and continue a steady increase through the end of the year. Since 2009, pedestrian deaths have risen sharply, totaling 7,330 in 2016.
...Being Fatally Stung by a Wasp, Bee or Hornet
Stings hurt, but your chances of dying from a wasp, bee or hornet sting only are 1 in 55,764.
Dying from Surgical Complications Versus...
Your chances of dying from complications from surgical or medical care are 1 in 1,532.
...Being Killed in an Earthquake
Despite what The Rock and the movie "San Andreas" would have us believe, the chances of being killed in an earthquake are 1 in 179,965.
Unintentional Death Versus...
Your chances of being killed unintentionally are VERY high: 1 in 31.
...Being Murdered With a Gun
Your chances of being murdered with a gun are 1 in 358.