Ten states account for half of all fatal vehicle crash costs: report

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Washington – Motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States resulted in an estimated $41 billion in medical and work loss costs in 2005, indicates a report released May 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a press release, findings show costs related to crash deaths among children and teens from birth to 19 years old were estimated at approximately $856 million in 2005.

The top 10 states (accounting for half of all costs) with the highest medical and work loss costs were:

  • California, $4.16 billion
  • Texas, $3.50 billion
  • Florida, $3.16 billion
  • Georgia, $1.55 billion
  • Pennsylvania, $1.52 billion
  • North Carolina, $1.50 billion
  • New York, $1.33 billion
  • Illinois, $1.32 billion
  • Ohio, $1.23 billion
  • Tennessee, $1.15 billion

CDC also released fact sheets highlighting state-based costs of crash deaths. Researchers recommended states consider passing primary safety belt laws, strong child passenger safety policies, comprehensive graduated driver licensing systems, and universal motorcycle helmet laws.

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