Fatal Accidents and the Odds of Dying

Fatal Accident Attorney Nick Feizy at Feizy Law Office Shares Some Interesting Statistics on the Odds of Dying.

Ever wonder what the chance of dying is in a car accident while riding a bicycle, in an earthquake, if struck by lightning or while flying in a plane? Most people either know of or heard of someone that was involved in a fatal accident. One might be surprised to find out how common it is to lose one’s life in an accident. Some of the accidents that have resulted in fatalities that list amongst the higher percentages would be motor vehicle accidents and falling accidents.

The National Safety Council has published an intriguing table on the odds of dying from a variety of causes in a book titled Injury Facts® Book, 2010 Edition. The statistics represent the lifetime odds of death for the listed causes. These odds listed are statistical averages on the whole U.S. population and does not necessarily take in consideration any particular person or external causes such as where they live, their occupation, what they drive, etc. The National Safety Council used data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. They have classified deaths on the basis of the Tenth Revision of the World Health Organization’s “The International Classification of Diseases” (ICD). The lifetime odds of death from any cause is 1 in 1 or 100%, meaning that without doubt and obviously we are all one day going to parish one way or another by any cause. The odds are diagrammed on page 37 of the Injury Facts® Book as follows:

  • Total Any Cause – 1 in 1 (100%)
  • Heart Disease – 1 in 6 (16.66 %)
  • Cancer – 1 in 7 (14.28 %)
  • Stroke – 1 in 28 (3.57 %)
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – 1 in 85 (1.17 %)
  • Intentional Self Harm – 1 in 115 (0.86 %)
  • Accidental Poisoning By Exposure to Noxious Substances – 1 in 139 (0.71 %)
  • Falls – 1 in 184 (0.54 %)
  • Car Occupant – 1 in 272 (0.36%)
  • Assault by Firearm – 1 in 300 (0.33%)
  • Pedestrian – 1 in 623 (0.16 %)
  • Motorcycle Rider – 1 in 802 (0.12 %)
  • Accidental Drowning and Submersion – 1 in 1073 (0.093 %)
  • Exposure to Smoke, Fire and Flames – 1 in 1235 (0.080 %)
  • Pedal cyclist – 1 in 4,147 (0.024 %)
  • Air and Space Transport Accidents – 1 in 5,862 (0.017 %)
  • Firearms Discharge – 1 in 5,981 (0.016 %)
  • Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat – 1 in 6,174 (0.016 %)
  • Exposure to Electric Current, Radiation, Temperature and Pressure – 1 in 9,412 (0.010 %)
  • Cataclysmic Storm – 1 in 51,199 (0.0019 %)
  • Contact with Hornets, Wasps and Bees – 1 in 62,950 (0.00158 %)
  • Lightning – 1 in 81,701 (0.00122 %)
  • Bitten or Struck by Dog – 1 in 119,998 (0.00083 %)
  • Earthquake and Other Earth Movements – 1 in 153,597 (0.00065 %)

As an experienced personal injury attorney, Nick Feizy points out that the death statistics of motor vehicle accidents and falls are at a rate of 1 in 85 and 1 in 184 respectively. Every year many thousands of people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and eighteen wheeler accidents. Additionally, thousands of people lose their lives as a result of a fall, whether it is a slip and fall, trip and fall, stump and fall, step and fall or any other type of fall. Compare these to the rates of death because of lightning or earthquake at a rate of 1 in 81,701 and 1 in 153,597 respectively. This huge gap shows just how much more common and prevalent deaths from car accidents and slip and falls are as compared to other types of accidents.

Apr 25, 2010