Odds Of Death In The United States By Selected Cause Of Injury, 2020 (1)

 

Cause of death Number of deaths,2020 One-year odds Lifetime odds
Accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances (2) 87,404 3,770 49
Drug poisoning 83,558 3,943 51
Opioids (including both legal and illegal) 64,183 5,134 67
All motor vehicle accidents 42,339 7,782 101
Car occupants 6,802 48,439 629
Pedestrians 7,904 41,686 541
Motorcycle riders 5,353 61,551 799
Assault by firearm 19,383 16,999 221
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 2,951 111,652 1,450
Fall on and from stairs and steps 2,669 123,449 1,603
Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming pool 740 445,249 5,782
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 576 572,021 7,429
Firearms discharge (accidental) 400 823,710 10,698
Air and space transport accidents 364 905,176 11,756
Cataclysmic storm (3) 122 2,700,690 35,074
Flood 37 8,904,976 115,649
Bitten or struck by dog 62 5,314,260 69,016
Earthquake and other earth movements 34 9,690,710 125,853
Lightning 17 (4) (4)
(1) Based on fatalities and life expectancy in 2020. Ranked by deaths in 2020. (2) Includes all types of medications including narcotics and hallucinogens, alcohol and gases. (3) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms. (4) Rates based on less than 20 deaths are likely to be unstable from year to year and are therefore not included. Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.