The 25 Most Likely Ways You Will Die

Posted by on February 2, 2012

It happens to everyone sooner or later, we can assure you of that much. And while we can’t tell you the how, when, or where, we can make use of that wonderfully annoying branch of mathematics known as statistics to at least give you a list of probable answers. The data on this list comes to you from several sources, but primarily the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Safety Council, and the World Health Organization (WHO). So, after many late nights of number morbid number crunching the brightest minds in the world bring you the statistical probabilities related to the 25 most likely ways you will die. Enjoy?


Fireworks Discharge (1-in-615,488)

Every year in the United States almost 10,000 people are admitted to hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries with most of these (roughly 60%) ocurring around July 4th.


Tsunami (1-in-500,000)

Although they don’t happen too often, when they do they can take hundreds of thousands of lives. It can be hard to gauge the exact effect of a tsunami, however, because the numbers are often mixed in with earthquakes (#20). Also, your level of risk will obviously vary depending upon your location.


Asteroid Impact (1-in-500,000)

This is an interesting one that, for obvious reasons, is hard to estimate. In recent years, however, your chances have improved from 1/20,000 to 1/500,000 in some cases. This is primarily due to the fact that most large asteroids on near Earth collision courses have now been identified and labeled as non-threats.


Dog Attack (1-in-147,717)

Ironically, if you are going to be killed by a non-human mammal, then it will most likely be man’s best friend. It has been estimated that about 2% of people in the United States are bitten every year with around 20 deaths as a result.


Earthquake (1-in-131,890)

Once again, depending on where you live your risk will shift, and while earthquakes are rated as more deadly than tsunamis, this is only because tsunamis are many times caused by seismic activity.