ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY (1)
  Number of deaths, 2011 One-year odds Lifetime odds
Cause of death      
All motor vehicle accidents 35,303 8,826 112
     Car occupants 8,415 37,028 470
     Motorcycle riders 4,344 71,729 911
Assault by firearm 11,068 28,153 358
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 2,746 113,471 1,442
Fall on and from stairs and steps 2,101 148,306 1,884
Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming pool 652 477,902 6,072
Firearms discharge (accidental) 591 527,228 6,699
Cataclysmic storm (2) 584 533,548 6,780
Air and space transport accidents 494 630,753 8,015
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 465 670,090 8,514
Bitten or struck by dog 34 9,164,468 116,448
Flood 25 12,463,677 158,369
Lightning 24 12,982,997 164,968
Earthquake and other earth movements 22 14,163,269 179,965
(1) Based on fatalities and life expectancy in 2011. Ranked by deaths in 2011. (2) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms. Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.