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CDC finds10 states account for over half of all crash fatality costs

By KBB.com Editors on May 16, 2011 12:21 PM

You might not be aware of it, but the World Health Organization (WHO) -- in conjunction with the U.S. and more than 100 countries around the world -- has declared 2011-2020 the Decade of Action for Road Safety, an effort aimed at saving some five million lives during that period. Recently the federal Center for Disease Control released a data analysis aimed at helping quantify the staggering cost of auto-related deaths in this country. Using 2005 as the index year, the CDC discovered that 10 states accounted for over 50 percent of the $41 billion incurred as the result of fatal car crashes.

According to the CDC, California claimed top honors on this questionable list, totaling up $4.16 billion in medical and work loss costs. It was followed by Texas ($3.50 billion), Florida ($3.16 billion), Georgia ($1.55 billion), Pennsylvania ($1.52 billion), North Carolina ($1.50 billion), New York ($1.33 billion), Illinois ($1.32 billion), Ohio ($1.23 billion), and Tennessee ($1.15 billion).

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