The 25 Most Likely Ways You Will Die

Posted by , Updated on April 6, 2014

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?
10

Fire or Smoke (1-in-1,116)

10

Roughly 50%-80% of fire related deaths are due to smoke inhalation rather than burns but together, in the United States, these claims thousands of lives ever year.

9

Assault by Firearm (1-in-325)

9

In many countries, primarily in Europe, where gun ownership has been outlawed, gun crimes remain fairly low. Other countries, however, have a much higher prevalence of gun violence. Places like Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, Guatemala, and the United States lose billions of dollars and thousands of lives annually due to this problem.

8

Falling Down (1-in-246)

8

If this seems benign, then you must be young. This is the leading cause of injury related death among seniors in the world.

7

Intentional Self-harm (1-in-121)

7

Every 40 seconds someone somewhere on this planet kills themselves and every year roughly 1 million lives are lost due to suicide.

6

Motor Vehicle Accident (1-in-100)

6

In what is probably one of the most dangerous things any of us ever do on a regular basis, motor vehicle accidents claim about 50,000 American lives every year.


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