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Car Crashes:The Human and Economic Toll

By Stewart J. Guss on February 27th, 2013

Here is a great example of the old saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’. This infographic illustrates the social and economic costs of car accidents in the US.

Here are some takeaways:

  • In 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 32,367 people were killed in crashes on American roads. That’s about the same number of people who can sit in the football stadium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
  • There has been a 25% decrease in fatal crashes from 2005 to 2011
  • 2011 saw the lowest number of car crashes since 1949
  • Traffic crashes killed 36,200 people in 2012, which would be a 5 percent increase from 2011.
  • Improvements new safety features in vehicles are somewhat offset by new accident causes such as for example distracted driving (using devices such as cell phones while driving).
  • The economic toll: it is estimated that the annual cost to U.S. society of car crashes is in the $300 billion range.
  • 16 Year Olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age
  • The cost to society of one death in a car crash in 2010 is estimated at $1.4 million
  • In 2011, car insurance companies paid a total of $64 Billion in liability claims


The Human and Economic Toll of Car Crashes [Infographic]

From: Bankrate Insurance’s

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