ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY, 2006 (1)

Cause of death Deaths One-year odds Lifetime odds
All motor vehicle accidents 45,316 6,584 85
     Car accidents 14,119 21,132 272
     Motorcycle accidents 4,787 62,328 802
Assault by firearm 12,791 23,326 300
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 3,109 95,968 1,235
Fall on and from stairs and steps 1,818 164,116 2,112
Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming pool 698 427,454 5,501
Air and space transport accidents 655 455,516 5,862
Firearms discharge (accidental) 642 464,740 5,981
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 468 637,528 8,205
Cataclysmic storm (2) 75 3,978,173 51,199
Lightning 47 6,348,148 81,701
Bitten or struck by dog 32 9,323,843 119,998
Earthquake and other earth movements 25 11,934,519 153,597
Flood 10 29,836,297 383,994
(1) Ranked by deaths in 2006.
(2) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics; National Safety Council.