Odds Of Death In The United States By Selected Cause Of Injury, 2016 (1)
Cause of death Number of deaths, 2016 One-year odds Lifetime odds
Unintentional poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances (2) 58,335 5,539 70
     Drug poisoning 54,793 5,897 75
     Opioids (including both legal and illegal) 37,814 8,545 109
All motor vehicle accidents 40,327 8,013 102
     Car occupants 7,050 45,834 583
     Motorcycle riders 4,861 66,473 846
     Pedestrian Incident 7,330 44,083 561
Assault by firearm 14,415 22,416 285
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 2,730 118,362 1,506
Fall on and from stairs and steps 2,344 137,853 1,754
Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming pool 780 414,266 5,271
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 524 616,656 7,845
Air and space transport accidents 407 793,925 10,101
Firearms discharge (accidental) 300 1,077,092 13,703
Cataclysmic storm (3) 66 4,895,871 62,288
Flood 42 7,693,512 97,882
Lightning 36 8,975,764 114,195
Earthquake and other earth movements 33 9,791,743 124,577
Bitten or struck by dog 31 10,423,468 132,614
(1) Based on fatalities and life expectancy in 2016. Ranked by deaths in 2016. (2) Includes all types of medications including narcotics and hallucinogens, alcohol and gases. (3) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms. Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.