A car accident can be a physical and mental pain. Besides the injuries resulting from the actual crash, your insurance premiums may go up, you'll have to pay for car repairs and doctor visits, and you may be involved in a lawsuit as a result.
Collectively, car accidents cost a lot of money. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that the costs of car crash injuries are more than $99 billion a year1.
In addition, car crash-related injuries are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of one to 34. From Car-Accidents.com:
Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than $230 billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States - one death every 13 minutes.
What We Can Do to Reduce this Impact?The CDC's fact sheet shows ways to reduce the human and economic toll of car accidents. Suggestions include:
- Improve child passenger safety
- Improve teen driver safety and skills
- Reduce drunk driving
- Increase seat belt use
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