Auto Crashes Cost America $340 Billion in One Year

A thorough study by NHTSA reviews all traffic crashes in 2019.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a new report, “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2019.” Using data from consumer surveys, police reports, and in-car observations, the report found that the car crashes in 2019 killed an estimated 36,500 people, injured 4.5 million, and damaged 23 million vehicles. The collisions also cost the U.S. economy $340 billion dollars that year, about 1.6 percent of the U.S.’ total gross domestic product and the equivalent of $1,035 per American citizen.

“This report drives home just how devastating traffic crashes are for families and the economic burden they place on society,” said Ann Carlson, NHTSA’s Acting Administrator. “We need to use the safe system approach embraced in DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy to dramatically decrease the number and severity of crashes: safer roads, safer people, safer vehicles, safer speeds, and better post-crash care.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Acting Administrator Carlson as she heads the NHTSA.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg to seek the Lord’s guidance as he leads the Transportation Department.
  • For Executive Director Gloria Shepherd as she oversees the Federal Highway Administration.

Sources: NHTSA


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