This data is from the National Safety Council, 2002 statistics on Accidental cause of death. The odds given below are statistical averages over the whole U.S. population and do not necessarily reflect the chances of death for a particular person from a particular external cause. Any individual's odds of dying from various external causes are affected by the activities in which they participate, where they live and drive, what kind of work they do, and other factors.

Source: National Safety Council estimates based on data from National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Deaths are classified on the basis of the Tenth Revision of the World Health Organization's "The International Classification of Diseases" (ICD). Numbers following titles refer to External Cause of Morbidity and Mortality classifications in ICD-10. One year odds are approximated by dividing the 2002 population (287,941,220) by the number of deaths. Lifetime odds are approximated by dividing the one-year odds by the life expectancy of a person born in 2002 (77.3 years). see  http://www.nsc.org/lrs/statinfo/odds.htm

analysis by Tom Munnecke http://www.munnecke.com 19 Jan 2006
see  http://munnecke.com/papers/lse.xls for data
This is the total number of deaths for the year 2002  This is the total number of deaths nationwide due to the manner of injury. This is the lifetime odds of dying from the manner of injury. This is the Lightning Strike Equivalent comparing the risk of each manner of injury to the risk of being killed by lightning.  For example, the chart shows that the risk of being killed as a pedestrial is 92.3 greater than being killed by lightning.
Cause of Death Deaths 2002 One Year Odds Life Time Odds LSEs 66.0
All External Causes of Mortality, V01-Y89, *U01, *U03 164,112 1,755 23 2486.5
   Deaths Due to Unintentional (Accidental) Injuries, V01-X59, Y85-Y86 106,742 2,698 35 1617.3
     Transport Accidents, V01-V99, Y85 48,366 5,953 77 732.8
     Pedestrian, V01-V09 6,091 47,273 612 92.3
     Pedalcyclist, V10-V19 767 375,412 4,857 11.6
     Motorcycle rider, V20-V29 3,215 89,562 1,159 48.7
     Occupant of three-wheeled motor vehicle, V30-V39 21 13,711,487 177,380 0.3
     Car occupant, V40-V49 16,337 17,625 228 247.5
     Occupant of pick-up truck or van, V50-V59 4,286 67,182 869 64.9
     Occupant of heavy transport vehicle, V60-V69 456 631,450 8,169 6.9
     Bus occupant, V70-V79 43 6,696,307 86,628 0.7
     Animal rider or occupant of animal-drawn vehicle, V80 118 2,440,180 31,568 1.8
     Occupant of railway train or railway vehicle, V81 28 10,283,615 133,035 0.4
     Occupant of streetcar, V82 4 71,985,305 931,246 0.1
     Other and unspecified land transport accidents, V83-V89 15,100 19,069 247 228.8
       Occupant of special industrial vehicle, V83 15 19,196,081 248,332 0.2
       Occupant of special agricultural vehicle, V84 149 1,932,491 25,000 2.3
       Occupant of special construction vehicle, V85 32 8,998,163 116,406 0.5
       Occupant of all-terrain or other off-road motor vehicle, V86 776 371,058 4,800 11.8
       Other and unspecified person, V87-V89 14,128 20,381 264 214.1
     Water transport accidents, V90-V94 617 466,679 6,037 9.3
       Drowning, V90, V92 413 697,194 9,019 6.3
       Other and unspecified injuries, V91, V93-V94 204 1,411,477 18,260 3.1
     Air and space transport accidents, V95-V97 653 440,951 5,704 9.9
     Other and unspecified transport accidents and sequelae, V98-V99, Y85 630 457,050 5,913 9.5
       Other specified transport accidents, V98 12 143,970,610 1,862,492 0.2
       Unspecified transport accident, V99 1 287,941,220 3,742,983 0.0
     Nontransport Unintentional (Accidental) Injuries, W00-X59, Y86 58,376 4,933 64 884.5
     Falls, W00-W19 16,257 17,712 229 246.3
       Fall on same level from slipping, tripping, and stumbling, W01 646 445,729 5,766 9.8
       Other fall on same level, W00, W02-W03, W18 3,610 79,762 1,032 54.7
       Fall involving bed, chair, other furniture, W06-W08 785 366,804 4,745 11.9
       Fall on and from stairs and steps, W10 1,598 180,188 2,331 24.2
       Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding, W11-W12 406 709,215 9,175 6.2
       Fall from out of or through building or structure, W13 557 516,950 6,688 8.4
       Other fall from one level to another, W09, W14-W17 766 375,902 4,863 11.6
       Other and unspecified fall, W04-W05, W19 7,889 36,499 472 119.5
     Exposure to inanimate mechanical forces, W20-W49 2,727 105,589 1,366 41.3
       Struck by or striking against object, W20-W22 864 333,265 4,311 13.1
       Caught between objects, W23 115 2,503,837 32,391 1.7
       Contact with machinery, W24, W30-W31 652 441,628 5,713 9.9
       Contact with sharp objects, W25-W29 105 2,742,297 35,476 1.6
       Firearms discharge, W32-W34 762 377,876 4,888 11.5
       Explosion and rupture of pressurized devices, W35-W38 27 10,664,490 137,962 0.4
       Fireworks discharge, W39 5 57,588,244 744,997 0.1
       Explosion of other materials, W40 137 2,101,761 27,190 2.1
       Foreign body entering through skin or natural orifice, W44-W45 23 12,519,183 161,956 0.3
       Other and unspecified inanimate mechanical forces, W41-W43, W49 37 7,782,195 100,675 0.6
     Exposure to animate mechanical forces, W50-W64 144 1,999,592 25,868 2.2
       Struck by or against another person, W50-W52 26 11,074,662 143,269 0.4
       Bitten or struck by dog, W54 18 15,966,734 206,944 0.3
       Bitten or struck by other mammals, W53, W55 75 3,839,216 49,666 1.1
       Bitten or stung by nonvenomous insect and other arthropods, W57 13 22,149,325 286,537 0.2
       Bitten or crushed by other reptiles, W59 0  ---  --- 0.0
       Other and unspecified animate mechanical forces, W56, W58, W60, W64 12 23,995,102 310,415 0.2
     Accidental drowning and submersion, W65-W74 3,447 83,534 1,081 52.2
       Drowning and submersion while in or falling into bath-tub, W65-W66 352 818,015 10,582 5.3
       Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming-pool, W67-W68 636 452,738 5,857 9.6
       Drowning and submersion while in or falling into natural water, W69-W70 1,325 217,314 2,811 20.1
       Other and unspecified drowning and submersion, W73-W74 1,134 253,916 3,285 17.2
     Other accidental threats to breathing, W75-W84 5,517 52,192 675 83.6
       Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed, W75 509 565,700 7,318 7.7
       Other accidental hanging and strangulation, W76 297 969,499 12,542 4.5
       Threat to breathing due to cave-in, falling earth and other substances, W77 57 5,051,600 65,351 0.9
       Inhalation of gastric contents, W78 369 780,329 10,095 5.6
       Inhalation and ingestion of food causing obstruction of respiratory tract, W79 819 351,577 4,548 12.4
       Inhalation and ingestion of other objects causing obstruction of respiratory tract, W80 2,940 97,939 1,267 44.5
       Confined to or trapped in a low-oxygen environment, W81 19 15,154,801 196,052 0.3
       Other and unspecified threats to breathing, W83-W84 507 567,931 7,347 7.7
     Exposure to electric current, radiation, temperature, and pressure, W85-W99 454 634,232 8,205 6.9
       Electric transmission lines, W85 109 2,641,663 34,174 1.7
       Other and unspecified electric current, W86-W87 322 894,227 11,568 4.9
       Radiation, W88-W91 0  ---  --- 0.0
       Excessive heat or cold of man-made origin, W92-W93 10 28,794,122 372,498 0.2
       High and low air pressure and changes in air pressure, W94 13 22,149,325 286,537 0.2
       Other and unspecified man-made environmental factors, W99 0  ---  --- 0.0
     Exposure to smoke, fire and flames, X00-X09 3,159 91,149 1,179 47.9
       Uncontrolled fire in building or structure, X00 2,533 113,676 1,471 38.4
       Uncontrolled fire not in building or structure, X01 53 5,432,853 70,283 0.8
       Controlled fire in building or structure, X02 35 8,226,892 106,428 0.5
       Controlled fire not in building or structure, X03 30 9,598,041 124,166 0.5
       Ignition of highly flammable material, X04 71 4,055,510 52,465 1.1
       Ignition or melting of nightwear, X05 13 22,149,325 286,537 0.2
       Ignition or melting of other clothing and apparel, X06 104 2,768,666 35,817 1.6
       Other and unspecified smoke fire and flames, X08-X09 320 899,816 11,641 4.8
     Contact with heat and hot substances, X10-X19 102 2,822,953 36,519 1.5
       Contact with hot tap-water, X11 40 7,198,531 93,125 0.6
       Other and unspecified heat and hot substances, X10, X12-X19 62 4,644,213 60,080 0.9
     Contact with venomous animals and plants, X20-X29 76 3,788,700 49,013 1.2
       Contact with venomous snakes and lizards, X20 3 95,980,407 1,241,661 0.0
       Contact with venomous spiders, X21 10 28,794,122 372,498 0.2
       Contact with hornets, wasps and bees, X23 54 5,332,245 68,981 0.8
       Contact with other and unspecified venomous animal or plant, X22, X24-X29 9 31,993,469 413,887 0.1
     Exposure to forces of nature, X30-X39 1,219 236,211 3,056 18.5
       Exposure to excessive natural heat, X30 350 822,689 10,643 5.3
       Exposure to excessive natural cold, X31 646 445,729 5,766 9.8
       Lightning, X33 66 4,362,746 56,439 1.0
       Earthquake and other earth movements, X34-X36 31 9,288,426 120,161 0.5
       Cataclysmic storm, X37 63 4,570,496 59,127 1.0
       Flood, X38 9 31,993,469 413,887 0.1
       Exposure to other and unspecified forces of nature, X32, X39 54 5,332,245 68,981 0.8
     Accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances, X40-X49 17,550 16,407 212 265.9
       Nonopioid analgesics, antipyretics, and antirheumatics, X40 222 1,297,033 16,779 3.4
       Antiepileptic, sedative-hypnotic, antiparkinsonism, and psychotropic drugs n.e.c., X41 1,024 281,193 3,638 15.5
       Narcotics and psychodysleptics [hallucinogens] n.e.c., X42 8,264 34,843 451 125.2
       Other and unspecified drugs, medicaments, and biologicals, X43-X44 6,884 41,828 541 104.3
       Alcohol, X45 355 811,102 10,493 5.4
       Gases and vapours, X46-X47 691 416,702 5,391 10.5
       Other and unspecified chemicals and noxious substances, X48-X49 110 2,617,647 33,863 1.7
     Overexertion, travel and privation, X50-X57 128 2,249,541 29,101 1.9
     Accidental exposure to other and unspecified factors and sequelae, X58-X59, Y86 7,596 37,907 490 115.1
   Intentional self-harm, X60-X84, Y87.0, *U03 31,655 9,096 118 479.6
     Intentional self-poisoning, X60-X69 5,486 52,487 679 83.1
     Intentional self-harm by hanging, strangulation, and suffocation, X70 6,462 44,559 576 97.9
     Intentional self-harm by firearm, X72-X74 17,108 16,831 218 259.2
     Other and unspecified means and sequelae, X71, X75-X84, Y87.0, *U03 2,599 110,789 1,433 39.4
   Assault, X85-Y09, Y87.1, *U01 17,638 16,325 211 267.2
     Assault by firearm, X93-X95 11,829 24,342 315 179.2
     Assault by sharp object, X99 2,074 138,834 1,796 31.4
     Other and unspecified means and sequelae, X85-X92, X96-X98, Y00-Y09, Y87.1, *U01 3,735 77,093 997 56.6
   Event of undetermined intent, Y10-Y34, Y87.2, Y89.9 4,830 56,615 771 73.2
     Poisoning, Y10-Y19 3,336 86,313 1,117 50.5
     Hanging, strangulation, and suffocation, Y20 133 2,164,972 28,007 2.0
     Drowning and submersion, Y21 259 1,111,742 14,382 3.9
     Firearm discharge, Y22-Y24 243 1,184,943 15,329 3.7
     Exposure to smoke, fire, and flames, Y26 99 2,908,497 37,626 1.5
     Falling, jumping, or pushed from a high place, Y30 103 2,795,546 36,165 1.6
     Other and unspecified means and sequelae, Y25, Y27-Y29, Y31-Y34,Y87.2, Y89.9 657 438,267 5,670 10.0
   Legal intervention, Y35, Y89.0 384 749,847 9,700 5.8
     Legal intervention involving firearm discharge, Y35.0 300 959,804 12,417 4.5
     Legal execution, Y35.5 67 4,297,630 55,597 1.0
     Other and unspecified means and sequelae, Y35.1-Y35.4, Y35.6-Y35.7, Y89.0 17 16,937,719 219,117 0.3
   Operations of war and sequelae, Y36, Y89.1 20 14,397,061 186,249 0.3
   Complications of medical and surgical care and sequelae, Y40-Y84, Y88.0-Y88.3 2,843 101,281 1,310 43.1