Monday, May 16, 2011

Study: $41 billion yearly losses due to crash-related deaths

Motor vehicle crash-related deaths, the leading killer of children, teens and young adults, cost an estimated $41 billion in medical and work loss expenses in a year, a study showed on Wednesday.

The study showed just 10 states bear nearly half of all the nation's crash-related death costs -- with totals in California, Texas and Florida each topping $3 billion in a year.

The other seven states with the highest costs are Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee, according to the analysis of crash statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 30,000 people are killed each year in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, according to CDC data.

Such crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 5 to 34, according to the CDC.

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