The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report detailing the health and economic impacts of car accident injuries. According to the report, car accident injuries resulted in more than 2.5 million Emergency Room (ER) visits and almost 200,000 hospitalizations in 2012. The CDC reports that 38% of people who required medical treatment for accident related injuries were teens and young adults ages 15 to 29. Older Americans, age 80 and over, accounted for one-third of all hospitalizations resulting from car accidents.
The collective lifetime medical costs of 2012 car accident-related injuries totaled $18 billion. Hospitalizations accounted for $10 billion, and ER visits accounted for $8 billion. In addition to medical expenses, the cost of work lost due to car accident injuries totaled $33 billion in 2012. Individually, accident victims who were treated in the ER sustained an average lifetime cost of $3,300. Accident victims who were admitted to the hospital sustained an average lifetime cost of $57,000.
The CDC report emphasizes the need to do more to keep people safe on the road and reduce the costs associated with car accident injuries which strain the resources of individuals, the health care system, and society. The report indicates that many car accidents are preventable and that no state is currently employing all available car accident prevention measures. In order to prevent accident injuries, more must be done to reduce drunk driving accidents, improve teen driver safety, and increase the use of child safety seats and seatbelts.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay L. Edelstein Represent Victims Injured in Car Accidents in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, and another driver is at fault for causing the accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for the costs associated with your injury. Damages could include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. CallPhiladelphia personal injury lawyers at Jay L. Edelstein, Attorney at Law at 215-893-9311or 856-809-3150, or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free consultation. OurPhiladelphia car accident lawyers have been successfully representing car accident victims throughout New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area since 1999.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report detailing the health and economic impacts of car accident injuries.