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Car crashes are a leading cause of fatalities in Virginia

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Car accidents in Virginia are frequent events, and causes of car crashes may be attributed to a number of reasons including negligent driving or speeding. There are many instances where a car accident causes a brain injury or permanent disability. Taking these outcomes into account, a car crash may result in heavy medical expenses and financial damages.

A recently published study has revealed some startling facts in relation to the cost of auto accidents. They were found to be among the top 10 causes of death for all age groups and are the leading cause of death for victims 5 to 34 years of age. On average it is estimated that more than 30,000 people are killed as a result of auto accidents in the United States every year.

In Virginia alone, the total cost of crash-related deaths amounts to as much as $863 million in a year, breaking that down into $9 million for medical costs with an additional $854 million lost to inability to work. As such, Virginia ranks highest among the states in the region in terms of total cost of car crashes. According to the results of the study, the most vulnerable group seems to be young adults who account for as much as 40 percent of the total cost of crash-related deaths.

Considering the fact that as many as 1,000 or more Virginia residents are killed in fatal motor vehicle accidents each year, authorities have employed evidence-based policies designed to save lives and money. The primary enforcement of mandatory seatbelt laws along with the comprehensive graduated driver's licensing system is aimed to achieve that specific goal.

Source: CDC.gov, "Cost of deaths from motor vehicle crashes," accessed on Dec. 23, 2014

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