Death Statistics Comparison
Compiled by UnitedJustice.com staff
Important Notice About These Statistics: Although the threat should not be ignored by individuals or the government, there is also little reason for panic, as is reflected in the following death statistics comparison...
Killed by Car Accidents
Highway fatalities account for more than 94% of all transportation deaths. There were an estimated 6,289,000 car accidents in the US in 1999.
Killed by the Common Flu
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 35 to 50 million Americans come down with the flu during each flu season.
The Bottom Line...
|An Anthrax Epidemic?
|Killed in car accidents||42,116*|
|Killed by the common flu|
|Killed by murders|
|Killed in airline crashes
(of 477m passenger trips)
|Killed by lightning strikes|
(1) Annual average over 19 year period.
*Average annual totals in United States.
Murders in the U.S.
2000 FBI Crime Index figures: There were an estimated 15,517 murders in 2000,
Killed by Airline Crashes
While there are risks in using all forms of transportation, commercial airline travel is one of the safest.
Killed by Lightning
Lightning-related fatality, injury, and damage reports in the US were summarized for 36 years since 1959, based on the NOAA publication Storm Data. There were 3239 deaths, 9818 injuries, and 19,814 property-damage reports from lightning during this period.
Killed by Anthrax
As of November 21, 2001, The CDC has reported 18 confirmed cases, 5 suspected cases, and a total of 5 people killed by Anthrax in 2001 - the first confirmed deaths in more than 2 decades. The first victim, Florida-based photo editor Robert Stevens, worked at tabloid newspaper publisher American Media Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida.