“The reach of traffic crashes goes beyond a human cost. There is an economic impact, as well. In more than 5.6 million police-reported crashes in 2013, societal costs were in excess of $870 billion, according to the report. Those costs include property and productivity losses, medical and emergency bills and other related costs.
Dividing this cost among the total population amounts to a ‘crash tax’ of $4,897 for every person, every year,” according to the report.”
Find out more at this American Public Health Association newsletter article, “Lagging highway safety laws putting Americans at risk: Leaders call on states to end loopholes.”