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It might seem a bit morbid, but human nature leads us to contemplate our demise. We sometimes wonder, "What are my odds of dying from.."?
So, we put together the Odds of Dying chart below. (Here's another way to look at it.) Keep in mind these odds are statistical averages over the entire U.S. population and do not necessarily reflect the chances of death for a particular person from a particular external cause. Odds of dying are affected by an individual’s activities, occupation, and where he or she lives and drives, among other things.
That being said, if the odds of dying from all possible causes are 1 in 1, here are the lifetime odds of death for selected causes, from most likely to least:
Safety Checkup reveals real hazards most likely to harm you based on your age, gender, location and other factors, and what you can do to be safer.
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Many Americans often worry about plane crashes or lightning strikes. But everyday things like driving pose greater risks to our safety. This Odds of Dying infographic shows where the biggest risks are. Download and share.