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The cost of fatal vehicle crashes in California

Living in the state of California means that you have to deal with an incredible amount of traffic. The highways are almost always backed up with travel times causing commuters many headaches. With so many vehicles on the roads, it isn't surprising that there are hundreds of fatal motor vehicle accidents each year in the state. Today, we will take a look at the cost of fatal vehicle crashes in California.

The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are from 2013. That year, more than 3,400 people lost their lives due to some sort of motor vehicle accident. Victims included passengers and drivers in vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.

The medical costs of a fatal motor vehicle crash in California from 2013 were just under $40 million ($38 million). The value of lost wages stemming from fatal accidents hit $4.44 billion in 2013 in the state. This results in a total loss of $4.48 billion for 2013.

Young adults accounted for $2.10 billion in losses, the most of any age group in California. Adults were second on the list at $1.63 billion in losses. Occupants of motor vehicles and pedestrians both accounted for 22 percent of the losses in 2013 in California.

Losing a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident will change your life forever. You will have to learn to live without someone who has been ripped from your life with no warning. If you have experienced such as loss, it is best to protect your rights and the victim's rights with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "State-Specific Costs of Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths," accessed Jan. 30, 2018

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