ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY (1)
  Number of deaths, 2010 One-year odds Lifetime odds
Cause of death      
All motor vehicle accidents 35,332 8,763 111
     Car accidents 8,009 38,660 491
     Motorcycle accidents 4,278 72,377 920
Assault by firearm 11,078 27,950 355
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 2,782 111,297 1,414
Fall on and from stairs and steps 1,991 155,515 1,976
Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming pool 680 455,337 5,786
Firearms discharge (accidental) 606 510,940 6,492
Air and space transport accidents 472 655,995 8,335
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 437 708,534 9,003
Cataclysmic storm (2) 47 6,587,860 83,709
Flood 39 7,939,216 100,879
Bitten or struck by dog 38 8,148,143 103,534
Earthquake and other earth movements 33 9,382,710 119,221
Lightning 29 10,676,876 135,666
(1) Based on fatalities and life expectancy in 2010. Ranked by deaths in 2010. (2) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms. Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.