Cost Data and Prevention Policies
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S.1, with over 100 people dying every day. 2 More than 2.5 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.1 The economic impact is also notable: in a one-year period, the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with occupant injuries and deaths from motor vehicle traffic crashes exceeded $63 billion.1
While these numbers are concerning, there are proven strategies that can help prevent motor vehicle injuries and deaths.
CDC offers a newly redesigned interactive calculator, called MV PICCS 3.0 (Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), pronounced MV “picks”. This tool, which now includes 2015 state data and a graphical interface, can help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 14 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions. MV PICCS 3.0 calculates the expected number and monetized value of injuries prevented, lives saved, and the costs of implementation, while taking into account available resources. The updated tool includes easy access to intervention fact sheets and a completely new user-friendly interface. Another new feature is the ability to save or print sharable reports with MV PICCS results.
CDC Vital Signs on Motor Vehicle Safety
- Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths: How is the US doing? (July 2016)
- Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries: Costly but Preventable (October 2014)
- Child Passenger Safety: Buckle up every age, every trip (February 2014)
- Teen Drinking and Driving: A Dangerous Mix (October 2012)
- Drinking and Driving: A Threat to Everyone (October 2011)
- Adult Seat Belt Use (January 2011)
Policy Impact Briefs
Policy Impact: Alcohol Impaired Driving
CDC supports efforts to strengthen policies related to preventing alcohol-impaired crash-related injuries and deaths.
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
This brief features critical information on crashes among teen drivers, as well as CDC’s recommendations for improving new driver safety.
CDC WISQARS Cost of Injury Reports
WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) provides cost estimates for injury deaths (including violent deaths) and nonfatal injuries where the patient was treated and released from a hospital or emergency department.
NHTSA: The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010
2014 NHTSA study shows motor vehicle crashes have $871 billion economic and societal impact on U.S. citizens.
Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths (2016)
This Vital Signs report shows that in 2013, there were more than 32,000 crash deaths in the US. These deaths cost more than $380 million in direct medical costs.
Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries (2014)
This Vital Signs shows that motor vehicle crash injuries are costly but preventable.
- CDC. WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2018. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars. Accessed January 4, 2018.
- National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2017, October). 2016 fatal motor vehicle crashes: Overview. (Traffic Safety Facts Research Note. Report No. DOT HS 812 456). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.