According to a recent report from a safety group, Americans vastly misjudge the risks they take today, with plane crashes and cataclysmic natural events far less likely to kill people than drug overdoses or motoring accidents.

The National Safety Council, the author of the study, reported that in a persons’ lifetime, the odds of being killed in a car accident are around one in 112, while the figure drops to one in 234 when it comes to drug overdoses – such as opioid prescription painkillers. And while the people usually fear traveling by plane rather than by car, the actual statistics say there’s a chance in 97,000 to die in a commercial airplane crash. On the other hand, natural events could be considered far more dangerous, with one chance in 6,780. “Americans worry about the wrong things — for example, 865 times more people are killed in motor vehicle crashes than in commercial plane crashes,” commented Deborah A.P. Hersman, president of the National Safety Council. “Knowing the real odds of dying can empower people to make better choices and result in longer lives.”

The council further pointed out that people should make informed decisions, especially the ones that can augment safety, as they could mean the difference between life and death – especially if the killer event turned out to actually be preventable. That means motorists should wear their seatbelt, stop using cell phones while driving or having a sober driver at the wheel. The National Safety Council is a known non-profit organization that seeks to reduce the risks at home, in the workplace and on the roads.

Via Bloomberg


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