Cost of Fatal Car Crashes by State

May 13, 2011

More than 30,000 people are killed in car crashes each year in the United States. In addition to the toll on victims’ families and friends, crash deaths result in some $41 billion in medical and work loss costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State-Based Costs of Deaths from Crashes

  • $159 million
  • $394 million
  • $700 million
  • $1,070 million

A new CDC data analysis that looks at the costs of crash deaths by state found that half of all costs are in 10 states. The 10 states with the highest medical and work loss costs are: California ($4.16 billion), Texas ($3.50 billion), Florida ($3.16 billion), Georgia ($1.55 billion), Pennsylvania ($1.52 billion), North Carolina ($1.50 billion), New York ($1.33 billion), Illinois ($1.32 billion), Ohio ($1.23 billion), and Tennessee ($1.15 billion).

The accompanying map from CDC shows the costs per state of costs related to crash deaths for 50 states using 2005 data (Due to a low number of crash deaths in the District of Columbia, there is no D.C. data.)

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