Cost amounts to nearly $500 for each U.S. licensed driver in one year
ATLANTA, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a one-year period, the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeded $99 billion - with the cost of direct medical care
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.
CDC researchers used 2005 data because, at the study time, it provided the most current source of national fatal and non-fatal injury and cost data from multiple sources.
"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.
The study also found:
Motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths and the associated costs are preventable. CDC's Injury Center supports proven, effective strategies for prevention such as:
For details on state-specific policies and a state-by-state policy comparison, visit http://www.iihs.org/laws/default.aspx.
CDC has also released a one-page fact sheet to help communities play an important role in reducing the human and economic toll of motor vehicle-related injuries by supporting prevention policies that have been shown to save lives and reduce costs. It provides information about cost-effective policies to:
CDC's Injury Center works to protect the safety of everyone on the roads, every day. For a complete copy of the study, please visit http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/section?content=a926084087&fulltext=713240928.
For more information about CDC's work in motor vehicle safety, please visit www.cdc.gov/injury.
SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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