It has been reported that over 30,000 people are killed in crashes each year in the United States. In 2005, in addition to the toll on victims’ family and friends, motor vehicle crash deaths resulted in $41 billion in medical and work loss costs. A new data analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at the costs of crash deaths by state and found that half of all costs were found in ten states.
The ten states 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), and Tennessee ($1.15 billion). Alabama had a total cost of $1.07 billion. The costs for each state and CDC’s recommendations for saving lives and money are available and can be obtained from the CDC by going to www.CDC.gov.
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