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State-Based Costs of Deaths from Crashes

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Over 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.

A new CDC data analysis looked at the costs of crash deaths by state and found that half of all costs were found in 10 states. The ten states with the highest medical and work loss costs were 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).

Below, you will find fact sheets for each state, showing costs and CDC’s recommendations for saving lives and money.

Why is there not a cost fact sheet for the District of Columbia? Within the District of Columbia in 2005, there were too few crash deaths (under 20) to allow CDC scientists to provide stable cost data. Because of this, CDC decided to provide fact sheets for just the 50 states. Though the data are unstable, CDC can provide data from the District of Columbia upon request.

 

 
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