While it's true that we are now living longer than at any time in history, the fact remains that we're not immortal. Of course, thinking about your eventual demise is never pleasant, but planning for it is probably the most responsible course. If you're one of those people who thinks that tragedy will never strike close to home, you're not alone.
Sometimes a subtle wake-up call laced with factual data can help move us in the right direction. Here are some startling statistics about accidents, injuries, and even fatal illnesses in the United States and some ways that you can protect your family's financial future.
Leading Causes of Death in the United States
Each year, more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. take their final breath. Of the top five leading causes of death, four are due to illness which may or may not appear unexpectedly. This is particularly the case with cancer, which claims more than half a million people each year. Other leading causes of death due to illness are heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and stroke. What many don't realize is how frequently unintentional injuries have fatal consequences.