The 20 Ways You Are Most Likely To Die In America

Do you ever wonder how you are going to die? In a tornado?In a car accident?Or while you are scuba diving in the Caribbean? Well, you are not alone as many of us often wonder the exact same thing.


According to, here are 20 ways you are most likely going to die in America:


20. Contact with machinery 


Odds of dying: 1 in 5,189According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, types of machinery likely to cause injury or death include heating, cooling and cleaning, construction, logging, mining, and special materials machinery.


19.Choking on food 

Odds of dying: 1 in 4,404

1 in 4,404 people will die via asphyxiation from choking on food.


18.Fall involving bed, chair or other furniture 

Odds of dying: 1 in 4,238Falls are the leading cause of death among people over the age of 65. A person is far more likely to die falling out of bed, a chair or other furniture at home than traveling on a railway, where the odds are 1 in 225,879.


17.Bicycle accident

Odds of dying: 1 in 4,147I 2009, 630 bicyclists were killed, and a whopping 51,000 were injured in accidents. Most of these deaths occurred in urban areas, where there are more cars and traffic congestion. The number one thing you can do to reduce your risk? Wear a helmet!


16. ATV or off-road vehicle accident 

Odds of dying: 1 in 3,579In 2009, there were 376 reported ATV-related deaths and 131,900 emergency room visits. This is a steady decline from 2008, where there were 616 reported deaths and 135,100 emergency room visits.


15.Complications of medical and surgicalcare

 Odds of dying: 1 in 1,523According to the National Hospital Discharge Survey, 45 million surgeries were performed in 2007, so it’s a good thing that only 1 in 1,523 people will die from medical or surgical complications. You are more than twice as likely to die from complications of medical and surgical care than in an ATV or off-road vehicle accident; the largest gap in odds on this list.


14.Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 

Odds of dying: 1 in 1,235In a burning house or building, you are actually more likely to die from smoke inhalation than burning from flames or heat. People have about three minutes to get out of a burning structure before dying from smoke inhalation.


13.Accidental drowning and submersion 

Odds of dying: 1 in 1,073In the U.S., there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in 2007. Males were 3.7 times more likely to die from drowning than females, because they are more likely to engage in reckless behavior. Children under the age of 14 accounted for one-fifth of these deaths from drowning.



12.Motorcycle accident 

Odds of dying: 1 in 802

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that 4,762 motorcycle deaths occurred in 2009, a 10 percent decline from 2008.


11.Pedestrian accident 

Odds of dying: 1 in 623Statistically, you are actually better off riding a motorcycle than walking on a busy street. The three U.S. cities with the most pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents every year are Atlanta, Ga., with 10.97, Detroit, Mich., with 10.31 and Los Angeles, Calif., with 7.64. Pedestrian fatalities are more likely to occur in large cities with heavy traffic.


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