The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has completed a report on the cost of motor vehicle crashes nationwide. The report provides a summary of the financial damage caused by traffic accidents in 2012. While the report does an excellent job of showing the scope of the problem, it falls far short of providing a true understanding of the damage done by negligent drivers. Working with families that have lost loved ones because of distracted, drunk and unsafe drivers provides real insight into the "cost" of motor vehicle accidents.
Even a look at the financial picture is stunning. According to the CDC, vehicle crashes caused $18 billion in lifetime medical costs for victims. Crashes resulted in more than a million days spent in the hospital by Americans. The CDC estimated that $33 billion in lifetime earnings was lost because of crashes that occurred in 2012. In dollar value alone, it is clear how beneficial it would be for people to focus on being safer drivers.