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What are the costs of fatal car accidents?

Car accidents are stressful and overwhelming enough. They become even more unbearable when fatalities occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30,000 people die in car accidents annually across the country.

In just one year, the total cost of fatal car accidents in the state of California reached $4.48 billion. Of that total, $38 million came from medical costs associated with the accidents and $4.44 billion came from work loss costs. More than 3,400 people lost their lives in California in 2013 due to fatal car accidents.

When divided by age group, young adults between the ages of 20 and 34 accounted for $2.1 billion in costs associated with fatal car accidents. This is good for 47 percent of the total money lost due to these accidents in the state for the year 2013.

The next closest age group was that of adults between the ages of 35 and 64. This age group accounted for $1.63 billion, or 36 percent of the total money associated with fatal car accidents in 2013.

Children between the ages of 0 and 14 accounted for four percent of the total costs, which translated to $188 million in 2013. Teens between the ages of 15 and 19 accounted for 10 percent of the total cost at $441 million.

Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another in a fatal motor vehicle accident? An experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles can explain the legal process to you and your case's chances in court.

Source: CDC, "Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths: Costly but Preventable," accessed Oct. 13, 2017

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