According to the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) web page for Motor Vehicle Safety:
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those age 5-34 in the U.S. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. The economic impact is also notable: the lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.
CDC’s research and prevention efforts target this serious public health problem. We focus on improving car and booster seat and seat belt use and reducing impaired driving, and helping groups at risk: child passengers, teen drivers, and older adult drivers. CDC also works to prevent pedestrian and bicycle injuries.
The CDC has also recently released data for individual states’ CDC costs of crash deaths. Illinois ranks as the 8th highest in total costs.
The report contains a page with statistics specific to Illinois. Among the various statistics is one indicating that the total crash-related death costs in Illinois are $1.32 Billion annually; comprised of $15 million in medical costs and $1.31 Billion in work loss costs.
Other statistics found in the report concern the % of total cost broken down by “type of road user.” Within this categories, “motor vehicle occupants” has the largest percentage, with 47% of total costs.
Another statistic is the total costs by age group. In this category, “young adults” has the largest percentage, comprising 46% of total costs.