Cost of motor vehicle crashes exceeds $99 billion: study

August 26, 2010

The cost of one year of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes has exceeded $99 billion, according to a new study by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Findings from the study, released Aug. 25, are based on data from 2005 -- the most current source of national fatal and nonfatal injury and cost data from multiple sources, according to CDC.

According to a press release, the study also found:

  • One-year costs of fatal and nonfatal crash-related injuries totaled $70 billion for people riding in motor vehicles; $12 billion for motorcyclists.
  • Fatal motor vehicle-related injuries cost $58 billion.
  • More men were killed (70 percent) and injured (52 percent) in motor vehicle crashes than women.
  • Teens and young adults (which represent 14 percent of the U.S. population) made up 28 percent of all fatal and nonfatal motor vehicle injuries and 31 percent of costs ($31 billion).
The study was published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.