Record Year for Fewest Deaths by Lightning in US

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Getting hit by lightning is supposed to be as likely as winning the lottery, but during 2013, a new record was set for the fewest people being killed by a lightning strike in the United States over the course of one year.

The odds of getting killed by lightning are reportedly very slim, and 2013 certainly showed that to be the case. According to the National Weather Service, a new record low of only 23 people in the US died after being struck by lightning last year.

This is down from the previous low of 26 deaths in 2011, and is a marked drop from the 432 people killed by lightning in 1943, three years after records began tracking lightning strikes.

There are a few theories about why the number of deaths has decreased, including fewer people using chord phones, more awareness of the safety precautions to be taken during a storm, and advances in medical treatment options.

17 of the 23 deaths were male, and the rest were female, a similar average to the 82 percent reported between 2006 and 2012.

Around 10 percent of people who are struck by lightning are killed by it, but other health problems or disability can be caused by the traumatic event.