Cost of US Car Crashes: $871Billion!
News flash, well, 4 year old data, on the cost of car crashes.
In 2010, there were 32,999 people killed, 3.9 million were injured, and 24 million vehicles were damaged in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The economic costs of these crashes totaled $277 billion. The $277 billion cost of motor vehicle crashes represents the equivalent of nearly $897 for each of the 308.7 million people living in the United States, and 1.9 percent of the $14.96 trillion real U.S. Gross Domestic Product for 2010. In addition to economic impacts, injuries in motor vehicle crashes cause loss of life and decrease survivors’ quality of life through pain, suffering, and disability. When these impacts are combined with economic impacts, the societal harm from motor vehicle crashes is estimated to be $871 billion. via Data | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
As has been said before, if cars were caused by a virus, we’d be spending millions to find a cure. Meanwhile, in NYC, the City Council ramps up efforts to implement Vision Zero by holding motorists, especially cabbies, more accountable.