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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.

  • Over 55,000 of us die in accidents in our homes each year.

  • Annually, about 24,000 Americans are killed in accidents that occur in public places.

  • 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, or 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 75,000 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 75,000 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. For females, dividing 2,000,000 by 40,000+ results in the 1-in-50 approximation.

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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