Deaths from car, truck, and other crashes cost $41 billion in medical and work loss a year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday, with half the costs in just 10 states.
The CDC study found California leads in road death expenses, with $4.16 billion in costs in 2005, the latest year that data is available. Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania follow next.
Motor-vehicle crashes are the biggest killer of Americans aged 5 to 34. CDC estimates that 44,000 people died in road crashes in 2007.
“More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor-vehicle crashes in 2009,” the CDC said in a statement.
“The economic impact is also notable: the lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.”