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May 30, 2014

Car, truck crashes cost $871B a year

  • A new national highway safety study says that includes property damage, productivity losses, medical treatment, congestion and legal fees.
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to a whopping $871 billion in a single year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The study examined the economic toll of car and truck crashes in 2010, when 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million injured and 24 million vehicles damaged. Those deaths and injuries were similar to other recent years.

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