For every fatality in motor vehicle accidents across the country, there are at least eight hospitalizations and 100 injuries that result in a visit to the emergency department. Motor vehicle accidents extract a heavy toll each and every year, not just in the form of fatalities, but also injuries, hospitalization and other expenses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently analyzed the health burden and cost of injuries in motor vehicle accidents. The data is related to nonfatal crash injuries involving accidents in 2012.
The analysis found that in 2012, there were more than 2.5 million emergency department visits related to auto accidents. These were all nonfatal crash injuries. Approximately 7.5% of the emergency department visits resulted in admission to the hospital. Overall, persons who suffered nonfatal injuries and accidents spent approximately 1,057,465 days in the hospital in 2012. Auto accidents resulting in nonfatal injuries resulted in a lifetime medical cost of $18.4 billion.