Car crashes cost us $900 each, whether or not you're involved
NHTSA study finds that in 2010, Americans were saddled with $277 billion of crash-related expenses.
According to a new economic study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it's the other guy's fault. Car crashes cost each of us about $900 a year whether we're involved or not, or about $277 billion in total. The NHTSA looked at all available data from 2010, and when putting a value to deaths, injuries and general harm, we were saddled with another $594 billion. And that's just from one year.
Speaking strictly of economic losses, speeding accounted for 21 percent of the total losses, followed by drunk driving (18 percent) and distraction (17 percent). Pedestrians and cyclists, who make up roughly 15 percent of all road-related deaths, cost $19 billion in 2010 (7 percent), while people who refuse to wear seatbelts saddled us with $14 billion (5 percent).
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While traffic deaths are down more than 25 percent since the 1970s, more than 30,000 people die every year. In 2010, there were 32,999 deaths plus another 3.9 million injured. That's not even counting the 24 million vehicles that had to be repaired or scrapped. All of this occurred in a single year.
According to Autoliv, an automotive safety supplier that invented the three-point seat belt, and other analysts, human error is the cause of at least 90 percent of all traffic accidents worldwide. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2030, traffic deaths will be the fifth leading cause of death, at 2.4 million people per year, rising above even that of HIV and AIDS. It's a grim future, especially in lower-income countries without the high standards and general enforcement found in the U.S.
[Source: NHTSA; PDF here]
oops, was lookin for the story 'bout the 60,000 'kid' illegals just brought across the border into Arizona
1.4 billion for them - 0 for actual Americans
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