• 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 2014 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 rectangle.

    Additionally, complete one-year and lifetime death odds are available in Injury Facts 2014, 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.

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The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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