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