What has the biggest association with death?
Motor vehicle accidents?
The answer is birth. 100% of people who are born also die.
But while birth is a necessary precursor to death, is it fair to say that birth causes death? Hardly, unless you’re in an existential crisis.
Beware the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy; just because Event B follows Event A does not mean that A causes B.
- Dawes, R. M., & Kagan, J. (1988). Rational choice in an uncertain world. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.