Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CDC Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries – Costly but Preventable

More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ED)—and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized—for crash injuries in 2012. These crash injuries totaled $18 billion in lifetime medical costs and $33 billion in lifetime work lost costs, according to this month’s edition of CDC Vital Signs.

The best way to keep people safe and reduce costs is to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. But if a crash does occur, many injuries can still be avoided through the use of proven interventions.

Read this month’s Vital Signs to learn more about this issue and the steps that everyone can take to increase restraint use, reduce impaired driving, and improve teen driver safety.
CDC Vital Signs: Crash injuries in 2010 totaled $18 billion in lifetime medical costs. More than 75% of costs occur during the first 18 months following the crash injury.
CDC Vital Signs: The full impact of motor vehicle crashes: For every 1 person killed in a motor vehicle crash, 8 people were hospitalized, 100 people were treated and released from the emergency department.