• Odds of Dying

    ​The National Safety Council collects safety statistics in its annual Injury Facts® publication, including a table on an individual’s odds of dying from various causes.

  • What are the Odds?

    Statistically speaking, what are the odds of a person dying from:
    • ​Heart disease or cancer?
    • A fall?
    • Hornets, wasps or bees?
    • A cataclysmic storm?
  • What are the odds of being killed by lightning? Or dying in a plane crash? While such questions may strike some as macabre, the National Safety Council frequently receives these inquiries.

    In response, the 2016 edition of Injury Facts®, the NSC complete reference for safety statistics, includes a chart of the odds of dying ​from various causes.

  • Chance of Death

    The Odds of Dying chart is a visual depiction of the lifetime odds of death from a few selected causes. Within the graphic, the greater the odds of an individual dying from a given cause, the larger the representative circle.

    Additionally, complete one-year and lifetime death odds are available in Injury Facts 2016, pages 40-43.

    These odds are statistical averages over the U.S. population. They do not reflect the odds of death for a particular person from a particular cause, which varies significantly based on a person’s lifestyle, occupation, location of residence, and many other factors.

    How Many Injuries Occur on Amusement Park Rides?


    Do you ever wonder how many people are injured on roller coasters or other amusement park rides? NSC and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annually conducts a survey of amusement/theme parks, family entertainment centers and tourist attractions that have fixed-site rides. Injury estimates are presented and rated by ride type and severity. Read amusement park injury data here.

  • Injury Facts 2016 Book and Downloadable

    ​Available as a print and download bundle, or as a download only.

    Get the Facts
  • What are Your Odds of Dying?

    What are Your Odds of Dying?

    ​Are you more likely to be killed in a car crash or shot to death by an assailant? Is it really that rare to be struck by lightning?

    Find Out

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