Divorce may have another downside: a higher chance of meeting up with a fatal accident.
That’s the finding of a new study that also finds higher rates of accidental death for people with low levels of education. The report was published online recently in the journal Social Science Research.
The study authors tracked data from 1.3 million Americans aged 18 and older who survived or died in accidents between 1986 and 2006.
Divorced people were two times more likely than married people to die from the most-preventable causes of accidental death — hazards such as fire or poisoning. Both groups had an equal risk of dying from the least-preventable causes of accidental death, for example, things such as airplane or boat accidents.
Single people were also two times more likely than married people to die from the most-preventable causes of accidental death and just as likely to die from the least-preventable causes, the investigators found.
People with low levels of education were more than twice as likely as those with higher levels of education to die from the most-preventable causes of accidental death. Education level did not play a role the least-preventable causes of death, however.