Motor Vehicle Accidents, Falls and Medical Complications Make Strong Showings in Annual "Odds of Dying" Report
The National Safety Council began National Safety Month by releasing its annual list of Americans’ ‘Odds of Dying’. The list of statistical averages details the lifetime odds of dying from various causes of death, calculated using fatality data for the entire U.S. population. The list shows that the risk of dying is greater from common activities, such as motor vehicle accidents, falling, and complications from surgical or medical care than it is from a commercial airplane crash, being electrocuted, being struck by lightning, or from a cataclysmic storm. Cell phone-related crashes now account for 27 percent of all crashes, including crashes involving drivers who are texting or talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones, the National Safety Council reports.