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January 6, 2015

Motor Vehicle Crash Injury Costs Topped $18 Billion in 2012

JAMA. 2015;313(1):21. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16911

Motor vehicle crashes in 2012 sent more than 2.5 million people to emergency departments (EDs) and nearly 200 000 of those patients, approximately 7.5%, were admitted.

For every person killed in a motor vehicle crash, 8 were hospitalized and 100 were treated and released from the ED. Teens and young adults aged 15 to 29 years accounted for 38% of the medical costs attributed to crashes, while a third of adults aged 80 years or older were hospitalized for a crash injury (Bergen G et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[40]:894-900).

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