How you’re going to die…

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5 Responses to “How you’re going to die…”


  1. 1 SWong February 23, 2007 at 1:26 am

    If you’re riding a motor/bicycle, and someone runs you down, does that count as a motor/bicycle accident or a motor vehicle accident?

    “Donorcycle lololol” comments aside, if these numbers are true, I think that it’s a fine example of risk compensation. The consequences of a bike crash are pretty dramatic, but motorcyclists are not nearly as insulated from the perception of these risks as car drivers.

    Also, note that death by terrorist attack doesn’t even rate on the original chart. You’re much, much, much, much more likely to be killed by a neighbor or family member than by an Islamic terrorist.

  2. 2 Will February 23, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Yeah, I noticed that too. But terrorists being absent from the chart doesn’t mean its probability is vanishingly small. I mean 1 out of 100,000 Americans died at the hands of a terrorist in the last 6 years.

    But 1 out of 10k (over a lifetime) is still pretty small (e.g. on the order of death by bee sting or alcohol poisoning). I figured this was omitted simply because of politics…

    That said, here’s more data. Terrorism is under code U01.

  3. 3 Fumiko February 23, 2007 at 6:43 am

    fireworks discharge…. that sounds interesting.

  4. 4 Will February 23, 2007 at 6:50 am

    yeah, scott’s point is a good one. What accounts for all the worrying people do about earthquakes as compared to dying in a car crash? I mean dying in an earthquake, for all intents and purposes, won’t happen. Chances are, on the other hand, some close to you will die in a car crash. Weird.

    I’d like to think its because we can’t control earthquakes and so the lack of control makes us uptight. But then, why don’t we worry about being falsely put to death for a crime you didn’t commit (which I’d guess has the same magnitude probability of dying in an earthquake).

  5. 5 SWong February 23, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Well… the definition of a terrorist has been pretty heavily politicized. If a soldier is killed on patrol in a hostile town by an IED, is that a terrorist attack?

    I was heading toward the same fear conclusion that you came to. People crossing the street to avoid a swarthy man who might be a terrorist about to decapitate them, taking the vastly greater risk of being run down while jaywalking.

    Or insisting on driving instead of flying.


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