Motor Vehicle Injury

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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February 22, 2019
  • About 7,400 older adults died and more than 290,000 were treated in emergency departments in 2016 as a result of motor vehicle crash injuries.
  • Changes in health that might come with age can reduce mobility and increase older adults’ risks for falls and motor vehicle crash injuries.
  • Health professionals can encourage older adults to use CDC’s MyMobility Plan Cdc-pdf[PDF-4.5MB] to take action now to stay safe and independent longer.
September 14, 2018
  • Providing high-quality public transit in a typical North American city can result in $355 in health benefits per person per year—including fewer crashes, less pollution, and increased physical fitness.
  • Data from health impact assessments can be used to inform public transportation plans for healthier communities, as was done in Missouri Cdc-pdf[PDF-3.6MB] and Arizona Cdc-pdf[PDF-3.2MB].
  • You can read CDC’s HI-5 (Health Impact in 5 Years) stories to learn how multisector partnerships can help improve transit and public health.
February 16, 2018
  • More than 100 people die every day in the US from motor vehicle crashes.
  • Evidence-based interventions can significantly reduce the number of injuries, deaths, and related costs caused by motor vehicle crashes.
  • CDC’s MVPICCS 3.0 calculator can help state decision makers find the right motor vehicle interventions for their states—this new tool provides state-level recommendations on which interventions would prevent the most injuries, save the most lives, and be the most cost effective.
September 29, 2017
August 11, 2017

January 27, 2017

July 8, 2016

May 20, 2016

January 15, 2016
  • Motor vehicle crash deaths cost the nation $44 billion in medical expenses and lost work in a single year.
  • CDC’s updated fact sheets break down these costs by state and describe proven strategies to reduce crash-related injuries and deaths.
  • A free, interactive state cost calculator—MV PICCS, 2.0—can help states select from 14 effective interventions to prevent motor vehicle injuries.

August 21, 2015
  • Rear-seat motor vehicle passengers are less likely than front-seat passengers to wear a seat belt, making them more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash.
  • Rear seat belt use is higher in states Cdc-pdf[PDF-172KB] with primary or secondary enforcement laws that cover rear seats than in states without laws that cover rear seats.
  • To increase seat belt use in rear passengers, states can review proven strategies and find ones that work best for their state.

April 17, 2015

March 6, 2015
  • Motor vehicle crashes caused 65% of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers in 2012; more than a third of the drivers were not buckled up Cdc-pdf[PDF-3.2MB], according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
  • One in 3 truck drivers will have a serious crash during their career, and 1 in 8 will have 2 or more.
  • Employers can prevent crashes through strong safety programs, including requirements to buckle up.

February 13, 2015

October 10, 2014
  • According to this month’s Vital Signs, Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from motor vehicle crash injuries.
  • Crash injuries that happened in 2012 cost an estimated $18 billion in lifetime medical expenses and another $33 billion in lifetime work lost.
  • No states have fully implemented all of the key interventions proven to keep people safe on the road. CDC’s new tool, Motor Vehicle PICCS, can help inform state decision making.

February 14, 2014

February 7, 2014
  • Motor vehicle crashes killed more than 9,000 children aged 12 years and under over the past decade.
  • Almost half of all black (45%) and Hispanic (46%) children killed in crashes during 2009-2010 were not buckled up, compared with 26% of white children.
  • States can help reduce child motor vehicle injuries and deaths by using recommended strategiesExternal to increase car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use.

November 22, 2013

October 5, 2012

June 15, 2012

October 7, 2011

July 22, 2011
  • An estimated 15 people die and 1,200 are injured each day in the United States in crashes that involve distracted driving.
  • Nearly 40% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 29 report talking on their cell phone “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving, and more than 25% report texting or e-mailing.
  • Motor vehicle crash-related deaths and injuries can be prevented. .

June 17, 2011

January 7, 2011

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Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015