Motor Vehicle Crashes Cost $99B a Year

ATLANTA, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Every 10 seconds, someone is treated in a U.S. hospital for a vehicle crash injury and 40,000 die each year from these injuries, health officials say.

The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta finds the costs of medical care and productivity losses resulting from these motor vehicle crashes exceed $99 billion per year — the cost of direct medical care costs $17 billion — using data from 2005.

Dr. Grant Baldwin, director of the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, says the annual cost of these motor vehicle injuries amounts to nearly $500 for each licensed driver in the United States.

“This study highlights the magnitude of the problem of crash-related injuries from a cost perspective, and the numbers are staggering,” Baldwin says in a statement.

The study also finds of the total amount of motor vehicle injuries, 70 percent were by men and 52 percent of the injuries were by men.

Teens and young U.S. adults make up 14 percent of the U.S. population but make up 28 percent of all fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle injuries and 31 percent of the costs, or $31 billion.

The findings are published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

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