Motor Vehicle Injury
Did You Know? is a 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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- Each year in the United States, about three million people are nonfatally injured in motor vehicle crashes.
- Crash-related injuries are costly—medical care costs and productivity losses associated with injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes exceeded $75 billion in 2017.
- States can use CDC’s new data linkage guide to learn more about linking data sources—such as police reports and hospital records—to create or enhance their data programs and help prevent motor vehicle-related injuries.
- 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 pdf icon[PDF-4.5MB] to take action now to stay safe and independent longer.
- 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 pdf icon[PDF-3.6MB] and Arizona pdf icon[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.
- 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.
- Motor vehicle deaths are 3 to 10 times higher in rural America, depending on the region.
- Sixty-one percent of people who died in fatal crashes in the most rural counties in America were not wearing their seat belts.
- States and communities can use evidence-based interventions to reduce rural-urban disparities in seat belt use and death rates among adult drivers and passengers.
- The number of motor vehicle crashes involving 17- and 18-year old drivers increased in 2014 and 2015, and crashes remained the leading cause of death for US teens.
- Eight danger zones—like driver inexperience and nighttime driving—contribute to teen crashes.
- The strategies in CDC’s Graduated Driver Licensing System Planning Guide can help states evaluate and improve their programs addressing these leading causes of teen driver crashes.
- CDC’s newly released Winnable Battles final report shows meaningful improvements in key public health areas.
- Since 2009, rates of teen births and youth and adult smoking have declined significantly, and between 2008 and 2014, central line-associated bloodstream infections in acute care hospitals decreased by 50%.
- A color-coded dashboard shows where more work is needed, especially in obesity, foodborne illness, and motor vehicle injuries.
- About 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes on US roads, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
- The US crash death rate is more than twice the average of 19 other high-income countries.
- States can implement proven policies and strategies to prevent thousands of crash-related injuries and deaths.
- Compared with seat belt use alone, booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% among motor vehicle passengers aged 4–8 years.
- Only two states—Tennessee and Wyoming—require child passengers to ride in appropriate car or booster seats through age 8.
- The latest Prevention Status Reports has ratings for your state on child passenger safety, additional motor vehicle injury prevention policies, and other important public health concerns.
- 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.
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