ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY (1)
Cause of death Number of deaths, 2007 One-year odds Lifetime odds
All motor vehicle accidents 43,945 6,856 88
     Car accidents 12,772 23,590 303
     Motorcycle accidents 5,024 59,970 770
Assault by firearm 12,632 23,851 306
Fall on and from stairs and steps 1,917 157,168 2,018
Drowning and submersion while in or
falling into swimming pool
705 427,362 5,486
Firearms discharge (accidental) 613 491,501 6,309
Air and space transport accidents 550 547,801 7,032
Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding 434 694,217 8,912
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames 98 3,074,391 39,466
Cataclysmic storm (2) 84 3,586,790 46,044
Lightning 46 6,549,790 84,079
Bitten or struck by dog 32 9,415,323 120,864
Earthquake and other earth movements 26 11,588,090 148,756
Flood 22 13,695,015 175,803

(1) Based on fatalities and life expectancy in 2007. Ranked by deaths in 2007.
(2) Includes hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms and other cataclysmic storms.

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