• AAA Study Says Motor Vehicle Crashes Cost U.S. $300 Billion Every Year

    by  • November 11, 2011 • Economics, Injuries and Fatalities • 0 Comments

    In a new report of the cost to the nation of motor vehicle crashes, AAA found that traffic crashes in 99 urban areas cost $299.5 billion in 2009. AAA based its estimates on Federal Highway Administration data that place dollar values on 11 components:

    1) property damage

    2) lost earnings

    3) loss of household activities

    4) medical costs

    5) emergency services

    6) travel delays

    7) vocational rehabilitation

    8) lost time at work

    9) administrative costs

    10) legal costs

    11) pain and lost quality of life.

    Based on the yearly $300 billion dollar price tag, AAA recommends additional investment in road safety, including

    • cable barriers along medians to prevent crossover accidents

    • modernized roundabouts and

    • rumble strips

    Read article in USA Today on AAA study>>


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

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