Top 23 ways you’ll likely die

Odds are good that one of these things will get you.  The National Safety Council has put together a list of the most common ways we collectively kick the bucket.

1. Heart Disease: 1 in 6

2.. Cancer: 1 in 7

3. Stroke: 1 in 28

4. Motor-vehicle accidents: 1 in 85

5. Intentional Self-harm: 1 in 115

6. Accidental poisoning: 1 in 139

7. Falls: 1 in 184

8. Car Occupant: 1 in 272

9. Assault by firearm: 1 in 300

10. Pedestrian: 1 in 623

11. Motorcycle rider: 1 in 802

12. Accidental drowning: 1 in 1,073

13. In a fire: 1 in 1,235

14. Pedalcyclist: 1 in 4,147

15. Air & space accidents: 1 in 5,892

16. Firearms discharge: 1 in 5,981

17. Exposure to excessive natural heat: 1 in 6,174

18. Exposure to electrical current, radiation, temperature & pressure: 1 in 9,412

19. Cataclysmic storm: 1 in 51,199

20. Contact with hornets, wasps, bees: 1 in 62,950

21. Lightning: 1 in 81,701

22. Bitten or struck (?) by dog: 1 in 119,998

23. Earthquake or other earth movements: 1 in 154,597

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9 thoughts on “Top 23 ways you’ll likely die”

  1. Air & space accidents: 1 in 5,892

    That’s bull. That would mean hundreds of deaths every day.

  2. Jimbo – No it wouldn’t. Out of the 300M people currently in the US, 1 out of every 5,892 will die from an air and space accident *at some point*. That’s about 51,000 people, but the average lifespan is what, 75 years? That works out to an average of 680 people a year (what’s that, two plane crashes?) over the collective lifespans of everyone currently living.

  3. 9. Assault by firearm: 1 in 300
    16. Firearms discharge: 1 in 5,981

    This confuses me…how are the people being assaulted by firearms if they’re not discharged?

  4. I think the 1 in 300 is intentional assault (shootings), the 1 in 5,981 is accidental discharge.

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