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ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY (1)
  Number of deaths, 2010 One-year odds Lifetime odds
Cause of death      
All motor vehicle accidents 35,332 8,763 111
     Car accidents 8,009 38,660 491
     Motorcycle accidents 4,278 72,377 920
Assault by firearm 11,078 27,950 355
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 2,782 111,297 1,414
Fall on and from stairs and steps 1,991 155,515 1,976
Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming pool 680 455,337 5,786
Firearms discharge (accidental) 606 510,940 6,492
Air and space transport accidents 472 655,995 8,335
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 437 708,534 9,003
Cataclysmic storm (2) 47 6,587,860 83,709
Flood 39 7,939,216 100,879
Bitten or struck by dog 38 8,148,143 103,534
Earthquake and other earth movements 33 9,382,710 119,221
Lightning 29 10,676,876 135,666

(1) Based on fatalities and life expectancy in 2010. Ranked by deaths in 2010.
(2) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.

 
ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY, 2006 (1)

Cause of death Deaths One-year odds Lifetime odds
All motor vehicle accidents 45,316 6,584 85
     Car accidents 14,119 21,132 272
     Motorcycle accidents 4,787 62,328 802
Assault by firearm 12,791 23,326 300
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 3,109 95,968 1,235
Fall on and from stairs and steps 1,818 164,116 2,112
Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming pool 698 427,454 5,501
Air and space transport accidents 655 455,516 5,862
Firearms discharge (accidental) 642 464,740 5,981
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 468 637,528 8,205
Cataclysmic storm (2) 75 3,978,173 51,199
Lightning 47 6,348,148 81,701
Bitten or struck by dog 32 9,323,843 119,998
Earthquake and other earth movements 25 11,934,519 153,597
Flood 10 29,836,297 383,994

(1) Ranked by deaths in 2006.
(2) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.

 
ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY (1)
Cause of death Number of deaths, 2007 One-year odds Lifetime odds
All motor vehicle accidents 43,945 6,856 88
     Car accidents 12,772 23,590 303
     Motorcycle accidents 5,024 59,970 770
Assault by firearm 12,632 23,851 306
Fall on and from stairs and steps 1,917 157,168 2,018
Drowning and submersion while in or
falling into swimming pool
705 427,362 5,486
Firearms discharge (accidental) 613 491,501 6,309
Air and space transport accidents 550 547,801 7,032
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 434 694,217 8,912
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 98 3,074,391 39,466
Cataclysmic storm (2) 84 3,586,790 46,044
Lightning 46 6,549,790 84,079
Bitten or struck by dog 32 9,415,323 120,864
Earthquake and other earth movements 26 11,588,090 148,756
Flood 22 13,695,015 175,803

(1) Based on fatalities and life expectancy in 2007. Ranked by deaths in 2007.
(2) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.