Drowning, transport accidents and falling are the most common cause of accidental death. Death by animals, electrocution, fire and firearms also appear frequently in reports from around the world.
Perilous pursuits are a healthy reaction to an over-safe society. We have so thoroughly eliminated danger from our risk-obsessed society that it is considered almost a crime to take risks. Dangerous sports are becoming increasingly popular because they are the only socially acceptable way of fulfilling our desire for danger. But by always thinking of the worst possible outcome, by always avoiding danger, we diminish ourselves and our society.