10/01/2012 08:45 am ET Updated Oct 01, 2012

Brushes With Death: The Most Gasp-Inducing Near Misses On YouTube (VIDEO)

Some believe they are "masters of their fates," as Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar. Others think the exact moment of their death is written in the stars.

Whatever you believe, it would be hard to argue that skateboarding into oncoming traffic or walking in front of a high-speed train will do much to lengthen your lifespan. Yet you must live until you die, after all, and there's no way to know whether perpetually tip-toeing through the world will keep you from meeting your maker.

The video above shows real-life footage of sixteen people coming within a hair's breadth of losing their lives. Take a look and let us know if you think they were saved by divine intention or pure luck.

(If you liked this video and want more, check out the first one we made back in May.)