20 Leading Causes of Death: What Are the Odds?


Nearly all of us have fears, some rational and some not so much. Many of our worst fears and nightmares, however, are not exactly common causes of death. To the contrary, many of the leading causes of death are actually preventable diseases. Want to know the odds? Allow us to break it down for you.

(In creating this list, statistics were compiled from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Safety Council.)


20. Unintentional Drowning – 1 in 1,188

Leading Causes of Death

According to the NSC, “about nine people die from drowning every day in the United States.” And that’s not including boating incidents. While drowning is more common when it comes to young children, they aren’t the only victims.


19. Pedestrian Incident – 1 in 647

Leading Causes of Death

This really shouldn’t be one of the leading causes of death, yet a surprising number of lives are claimed every year. Yes, you could be in perfect health and still die just from walking around. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. in 2017. GHSA adds, “Pedestrians now account for approximately 16% of all motor vehicle deaths, compared with 11% just a few years ago.”

Being distracted and unaware of one’s surroundings certainly lends itself to these statistics, too. It’s easy to forget how vulnerable we are when we’re walking around staring at our cell phones.