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Costs & Prevention Policies

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death a in the U.S.1 More than 2.5 million  drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012.2 The economic impact is also notable: in a one-year period, the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeded $80 billion.1

While these numbers are disturbing, there are effective measures that can help prevent motor vehicle injuries and deaths.

Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States (MV PICCS)

CalculatorCDC offers a new interactive calculator, called the Motor Vehicle PICCS (Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), pronounced “picks”. This tool will help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 12 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions. It is designed to calculate the expected number of injuries prevented and lives saved at the state level and the costs of implementation, while taking into account available resources. A fact sheet for each intervention and a final report with a user guide are included. 

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State-Based Costs of Deaths from Crashes

cars in traffic on the highwayOver 30,000 people are killed in crashes each year in the United States. In 2005, in addition to the toll on victims’ family and friends, crash deaths resulted in $41 billion in medical and work loss costs.

Policy Impact Briefs

Policy Impact is a series of issue briefs from CDC’s Injury Center highlighting key public health issues and important, science-based policy actions that can be taken to address them.

Policy Impact: Alcohol Impaired Driving

Policy Impact: Alcohol Impaired Driving

CDC supports efforts to strengthen policies related to preventing alcohol-impaired crash-related injuries and deaths.

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Policy Impact: Seat Belts

Policy Impact: Seat Belts

CDC recommends effective, well-enforced seat belt laws to ensure that every person in every seat buckles up on every trip.

Policy Impact: Teen Driver Safety

Policy Impact: Teen Driver Safety

This brief features critical information on crashes among teen drivers, as well as CDC’s recommendations for improving new driver safety.

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References

  1. CDC. WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  2. CDC. Vital Signs: Health Burden and Medical Costs of Nonfatal Injuries to Motor Vehicle Occupants - United States, 2012. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/crash-injuries. Accessed October 7, 2014.

 

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