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Estimating the Costs of Unintentional Injuries:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) collects statistical data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia on accidents. From this data, it produces estimates of the average cost of both fatal and nonfatal unintentional injuries to demonstrate their impact on the U.S. economy. The cost estimates below are approximate representations from the NSC of the dollars spent and income lost from motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities. The numbers are staggering.

Average Economic Cost of Motor Vehicle Accidents by Injury Severity

The NSC’s estimated cost of a motor-vehicle accident includes wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative costs, motor vehicle damage and employers’ uninsured costs. For each death, each injury, and each damaged vehicle, the average economic cost was:

Death$1,542,000
Nonfatal, Disabling Injury$90,000
Injury Evident$26,000
Injury Possible$21,400
No Injury Observed$11,400
Property Damage Only (cost per vehicle)$4,200

Average Comprehensive Cost of Motor Vehicle Accidents by Injury Severity

In addition to the economic cost listed above, the NSC’s comprehensive cost of a car accident includes a measure of the value of lost quality of life. For each death and each injury, the average comprehensive cost was:

Death$10,082,000
Nonfatal, Disabling Injury$1,103,000
Injury Evident$304,000
Injury Possible$141,000
No Injury Observed$46,600

What matters most.

If you or someone you love has been severely injured in car or truck accident, then you know firsthand how devastating a motor vehicle accident can be. Truly, there is no way to put a dollar amount on the overwhelming pain and suffering experienced by an accident victim and their family.

While filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim won’t make up for your loss or injuries, it may help alleviate the financial burdens you face, like medical bills, lost wages or future treatment.

Timing is critical.

Because the statute of limitations following an accident is typically two years from the date of the event, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your right to file a claim.

Do you have a claim?
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McDonald Law Firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation to determine your potential legal rights to pursue compensation. If you have a claim and decide to hire us, we’ll handle your case on a contingency basis, which means you never owe our law firm any out-of-pocket fees or expenses. We only get paid if we win compensation for you ― either through settlement or a trial.

Equally important, we have decades of experience and we’ll provide you with aggressive and effective representation from day one.

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