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Motor vehicle crash injuries : costly but preventable
  • Published Date:
    October 7, 2014
  • Source:
    CDC Vital signs ; 2014 October
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 1.52 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (U.S.). Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.
  • Series:
    CDC Vital signs
  • Description:
    More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ED)—and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized—for crash injuries in 2012. On average, each crash-related ED visit costs about $3,300 and each hospitalization costs about $57,000 over a person’s lifetime. The best way to keep people safe and reduce medical costs is to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. But if a crash does occur, many injuries can still be avoided through the use of proven interventions. More can be done at every level to prevent crashes and reduce injuries, but state-level changes are especially effective.

    State officials can:

    • Consider using proven interventions that increase the use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts; reduce drinking and driving; and improve teen driver safety.

    • Support traffic safety laws with media campaigns and visible police presence, such as those used with sobriety checkpoints.

    • Link medical and crash data to better understand why crashes happen, the economic cost of those crashes, and how to prevent future crashes.

    CS251122A

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