I was working on a story and it suddenly hit me that maybe the research I’m doing might appeal to other writers too. In particular those that might have a character dying and being reborn into another world--particularly some other fandom. Or just the general knowledge of how a regular human character can die when they live in a mundane world. Either way, this focuses on the most common causes of death throughout each stages of one’s life. For example toddlers (12 to 36 months old) are most likely to die from accidents, specifically by drowning.
As children begin to grow up and head off to school, motor vehicle crashes become one of the greatest dangers they face. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety more than 2,800 teens died in car crashes, as it’s shown in the 2017 data report. [x]
The threat of a deadly crash increases when teenagers start driving themselves around. The rate of fatal crashes per mile driven is nearly twice as high for 16 and 17 year-olds as it is for teens who are 18 or 19.
The second leading cause of death among young people from ages 10 to 24 is suicide. For people between 25 and 44, the leading cause of death shifts from car crashes to accidental poisoning (both prescription and illegal).
Poisoning deaths from painkillers like heroin and synthetic opioids have risen sharply since 2010, according to CDC data, and cocaine-overdose deaths are also on the rise. But drugs aren’t the only way that people can die by poisoning. Alcohol and household chemicals like pesticides or bleach contribute to poisoning deaths every year.
Another dangerous poison is one you can’t see or smell. Carbon monoxide can waft from gas furnaces, fridges, cars, and other appliances at deadly levels if a home is not well-ventilated. The winter season, when doors are sealed and windows are shut, is the most dangerous time of year for carbon-monoxide poisoning in US homes. More than one-third of carbon-monoxide-poisoning deaths occur between December and February every year, according to the CDC. [x]
While those ages from 45 to 64 are at greater risk of dying from cancer. The second leading cause of death for them is heart disease. For people age 65 and older, heart disease becomes a bigger threat than cancer. In 2013, the problem contributed to more than 1,000 deaths in the US every day, according to the CDC. [x]
· Wed Apr 08, 2020 @ 10:34pm · 0 Comments