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At the current rate of accidental deaths in the United States, what is the average lifetime chance of dying from an accident?

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In 2017, there were 169,936 fatal accidents in the United States, and the average U.S. life expectancy was 78.6 years. As determined by calculations developed by a licensed actuary and checked by a PhD. mathematician, these figures amount to a 1 in 25 chance of dying from an accident over the course of a lifetime. The most common causes of accidental death are poisoning, motor vehicles, and falls.

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