Costs of Motor Vehicle Crashes and Rise in Fatalities on Long Weekends
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Costs of Motor Vehicle Crashes and Rise in Fatalities on Long Weekends

Posted On June 4, 2014
Author: Gordon McKernan

When our long holiday weekends arrive, unfortunately so do an increase in road fatalities, but not for the reasons you’d expect. A recent CBC News study reported that holiday weekends see an 18 percent increase in fatal collisions compared to a non-holiday weekend. Drunken driving accidents are actually lower on holiday weekends. Researchers assume the reason being is because people are more conservative when driving with their families.

The CBC news report claims the main cause of increased fatalities on holiday weekends actually comes from less seatbelt usage. Rear-end and angular crashes — often indicative of driver distraction — were also more common during the holidays. And these accidents are definitely coming at a cost.

According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle accidents are producing astronomical economic and societal costs. Based on their reports, they reached $871 billion in 2010. This of course is based on the number of vehicles damaged (24 million), the number of injuries (3.9 million), and the number of deaths (nearly 33,000).

The NHTSA reports that 18 percent of this economic loss comes from drunken drivers, 21 percent from speeders, 17 percent from distracted drivers, and preventable fatalities and injuries to people not wearing seatbelts accounted for 5 percent of economic loss.

With the increased summer and holiday traffic upon us, take these staggering facts to heart and push to not be a part of these numbers. Sadly, almost all of us are or know someone that is. What story can share with us to help make us more aware of how to stop these rising numbers? Please share below.