Shark Attacks and Car Accidents: Your Odds of Dying in an Accident

One out of every 75,852 people is killed by bee attacks each year across the United States. Despite widespread media coverage of tornadoes, hurricanes and other weather events, natural disasters pose even less of a threat to people’s lives. The odds drop to one in 83,922. And despite popular television events such as “Shark Week” don’t fret: your odds of being killed in a shark attack plummet to one in 3.7 million. While movies such as “Sharknado” draw up scenarios in which the two are combined, no studies currently exist evaluating fatality risk during a disaster of such magnitude.

Personal injury attorneys understand that you have a risk of dying in a less sensational manner than any of the above-listed incidents. You might be aware that the odds of being involved in a car crash or a slip and fall accident are much higher than the odds of being struck by lightning or being involved in an airplane crash.

But how common are accident-related fatalities? According to the National Safety Council, the lifetime odds of death for select accidents include the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents – 1 in 112
  • Toxic exposure – 1 in 119
  • Fall accidents – 1 in 152
  • Pedestrian accident – 1 in 723
  • Motorcycle accident – 1 in 922
  • Bicycle accident – 1 in 4,974
  • Exposure to electricity, radiation, temperature or pressure – 1 in 12,174

What does that mean for personal injury victims? It means you’re more likely to be injured each year doing day-to-day activities – driving to or from work, or walking on a potentially slippery or slick surface – than you are engaging in a number of activities considered “dangerous” by many people. Your odds of being killed in a car accident, such as a head-on collision or rollover accident, are 1 in 112. Your odds of being killed while skydiving – jumping out of an airplane thousands of feet in the air – remain comparatively lower chances at 1 in roughly 100,000.

Why are some accidents more common than others?

Unfortunately, the top causes of many fatal accidents across the United States share one common trait that cannot be ignored: they’re caused due to somebody else’s negligent or reckless behavior. Car accidents – as well as bicycle, motorcycle and pedestrian crashes – often occur as a result of drunk driving, distracted driving (such as when a driver is texting while driving), or recklessly ignoring traffic signals or speed limits. Electrocution injuries and toxic exposure often happen on-the-job due to unsafe working conditions. And a fall accident can happen just about anywhere if slippery floors or torn carpeting aren’t tended to by property owners.

Accidents are often called “accidents” for a reason. The person or company who caused your injuries or the death of a loved one may have meant no harm. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions. Some accidents (such as a lightning strike or shark attack) are almost always beyond anybody’s control. But if somebody else’s careless behavior caused an accident, you have a right to pursue compensation. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your legal options with a personal injury attorney. Fatal accident are all-too-common for innocent people going about their daily routine. With the help of a lawyer, loved ones who have experienced a loss could be entitled to compensation for these losses. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Bloom today if you have been injured. We can help you from our Michigan offices in Wayne, Battle Creek, Livonia and our office in Toledo, Ohio.

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