The cost of medical care to treat people injured by motor vehicle crashes amounted to $17 billion in 2005, according to a study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adding in loss of productivity, the bill exceeded $99 billion.
Broken down by type of vehicle, the cost was highest for motor vehicles such as cars and light trucks, $70 billion; followed by $12 billion for motorcycles; $10 billion for pedestrians and $5 billion for bicycles.
"Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is treated in an emergency department for crash-related injuries and nearly 40,000 people die from these injuries each year," said Grant Baldwin, MD, director of the CDC's Division of Injury Prevention. "This study highlights the magnitude of the problem of crash-related injuries from a cost perspective, and the numbers are staggering."
The CDC numbers are published in an article in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The 2005 data was used because the CDC said it is the most recent.
Other facts of interest to providers from this report include: