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Accident Statistics From

 The National Safety Council

  • Accidents rob Americans of more years of life before age 65 than any other cause of death.

  • About 2,500 teens from ages 13-19 are fatally injured in passenger vehicle accidents every year.

  • Annual fatality statistics from the National Safety Council 2013 Injury Facts publication. Includes about 4,000 on-the-job fatalities.



Motor vehicle 34,600
Falls 27,500
Choking 4,600
Drowning 3,600
Fires, Flames and Smoke 2,800
Mechanical Suffocation 1,600
All Other 13,300
Total 122,900

* Most important types included are: natural heat and cold, firearms, struck by or against object, machinery, electric current, and air, water, and rail transport.

As noted, the lifetime odds of being killed in an accident are approximately 1-in-30 for males, and 1-in-50 for females. As difficult as that may be to believe, the facts support the statement. Rounding the numbers for the sake of clarity, here's how they are arrived at:

Each year, approximately 2,000,000 males and 2,000,000 females are born in the U.S., and over 70,000 males and 40,000 females die in accidents. The number of people killed in each age bracket stays relatively constant every year, i.e., the number of one-year-olds killed is about the same, as with two-year-olds, and 55-year-olds.

During a male's lifetime, over 70,000 of his peers will be killed in some type of accident. Dividing 2,000,000 by 70,000+ gives us the 1-in-30 approximation. Likewise, dividing 2,000,000 by 40,000+ gives us the 1-in-50 approximation for females.

Major causes of additional male deaths: Drunk Driving (6500); Motorcycles (3500); Pedestrians (1700); Drug Overdoses (9000); Drowning (2000); Work-related (3000).


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