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    Traffic accidents cost the United States $ 340,000 million in a year, according to a study

    Traffic accidents have become one of the main problems for the safety of Americans, but also for your budgets.

    According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these incidents cost society around $340 billion dollars in a year or just over $1,000 dollars to each of the 328 million inhabitants of the country.

    “This report demonstrates how devastating traffic accidents are for families and the economic burden they impose on societyAnn Carlson, the agency’s acting administrator, said in a statement Tuesday.

    The study indicates that accidents in the calendar year 2019 claimed the lives of about 36,500 peopleinjured 4.5 million and damaged 23 million vehicles.

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    In the report, the researchers examined several NHTSA databases, as well as accidents not reported to the police that were collected through consumer surveys, according to the NHTSA statement.

    The cost of accidents amounted to 1.6% of the Gross Domestic Productof $21.4 billion in 2019, the agency said.

    People not directly involved in the crashes pay about 75% of all costs of crashes through insurance premiums, taxes, time lost due to traffic congestion, excessive fuel consumption and environmental impacts, the study found.

    The study also calculated that from 1975 to 2019, seat belt use saved 404,000 lives and avoided $17.8 billion in social damagesaid the NHTSA.

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    During 2021, nearly 43,000 people died on US roads. This is the highest number in 16 years, coinciding just as Americans got back on the roads after the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The 10.5% jump from the 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since NHTSA began its death data collection system in 1975.

    Due to this drastic increase, the Department of Transportation began to push for a “safe systems approach” to reduce accidents. It includes safer roads, behaviour, vehicles and speeds, as well as better care after a crash.

    Estimates for the first nine months of last year show accident deaths fell 0.2% compared to the same period in 2021. But the government says the number remains unacceptably high.

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    For this reason, the federal government announced a shipment of $5,000 million dollars in aid to cities and towns to reduce vehicle speeds, create bike lanes and push commuters onto public transportation.

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    Source: La Opinion

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