Cost Data and Prevention Policies
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death a in the U.S.1 More than 2.5 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012.2 The economic impact is also notable: in a one-year period, the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeded $80 billion.1
While these numbers are disturbing, there are effective measures that can help prevent motor vehicle injuries and deaths.
CDC offers a new interactive calculator, called the Motor Vehicle PICCS 2.0 (Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), pronounced “picks”. This tool will help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 14 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions. It is designed to calculate the expected number and monetized value of injuries prevented and lives saved at the state level. The calculator also includes the costs of implementation, while taking into account available resources. A fact sheet for each intervention and a final report with a user guide are included.