More than one million days in the hospital. More than $18 billion in medical costs. More than $33 billion in lost work. Those are just some of the stunning numbers to come from the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a recent report on motor vehicle accidents.
Think about it: every year, Americans spend more than a million days in hospitals because of their car crash injuries (in 2012, more than 2.5 million Americans were taken to hospital emergency rooms for accident injuries). And we spend more than three-quarters of that $18 billion on lifetime medical costs in the first 18 months following the accident injury.
Every time one of us is taken to an emergency department following a crash, the average cost is about $3,300. Each accident-related hospitalization results in a tab over that person’s lifetime that goes to about $57,000 on average.