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Nearly two out of five adults have suffered life-threatening experiences, with the average person cheating death at least once, according to new research from MetLife. The nationwide study found that 39% of adults have nearly died in accidents, with the biggest risks faced on the roads.

Forty-nine percent of people have been involved in life-threatening road traffic accidents, says the insurer. Around 35% have been involved in potentially fatal car crashes, while 11% have nearly died riding bikes or motorbikes.

Adults may be most at risk travelling but one in 10 have been involved in dangerous accidents while at home or at work. Around 2% have nearly died doing DIY while 5% have suffered near-fatal falls at work.

According to the study, the average number of life-threatening experiences during adult life is one – but an unlucky 19% have faced death twice, with 8% saying they have suffered three or more life-threatening experiences.

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