The Tally of the Wrecks


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

We know the roads can be dangerous – but how dangerous? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the latest statistics on non-fatal crash injuries.

Researcher Gwen Bergen says crash injuries sent over two and one half million people to the emergency department in 2012, and almost 200,000 of them wound up in the hospital. And the care didn’t come cheap:

“Crash injuries resulted in $18 billion in lifetime medical costs and 33 billion in work loss costs over a lifetime.”

Bergen says people ages 15 to 29, who are 20 percent of the population, accounted for 40 percent of emergency department visits and total costs.

The analysis is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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