Costs associated with injuries from automobile accidents exceeds billions each year
In a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control, researchers found that in a one-year period, the costs associated with injuries from automobile crashes exceeded $99 billion, with the cost of direct medical care accounting for $17 billion.
The one-year costs of fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries totaled $70 billion (71 percent of total costs) for people riding in motor vehicles, such as cars and light trucks, $12 billion for motorcyclists, $10 billion for pedestrians, and $5 billion for bicyclists, the study said.
“Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is treated in an emergency department for crash related injuries, and nearly 40,000 people die from these injuries each year. This study highlights the magnitude of the problem of crash-related injuries from a cost perspective, and the numbers are staggering,” said Dr. Grant Baldwin, director of CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
CDC researchers used 2005 data to compile the report.
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