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May 3, 2018

According to grim statistics compiled by the CDC, motor vehicle accidents send some 2.5 million people to the emergency room each year, with nearly 200 of those victims are hospitalized. That breaks down to roughly 7,000 ER visits every day due to traffic accidents, reports the principal deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data reflects nationwide car accidents in 2012, which resulted in lifetime medical costs of $18 billion for serious car crash injuries.

“Motor vehicle crash injuries occur all too frequently and have health and economic costs for individuals, the health care system, and society.  We need to do more to keep people safe and reduce crash injuries and medical costs,” said CDC Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D.

Phoenix car accident lawyers at Wattel & York are no strangers to the serious bodily injury and property damage suffered in auto collisions. Drivers, passengers and pedestrians affected are often left with incapacitating trauma, massive hospital bills and extended time off work as they recuperate. As one of Arizona’s most respected personal injury and auto accident law firms, we are diligent advocates for innocent victims of negligence, and fight for maximum damages in situations where your legal rights have been infringed.


To gather data for this “Vital Signs Report,” the CDC used the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to review all ER visits stemming from traffic accidents during 2012. Researchers analyzed the rate and number of all car accident injury-related emergency room visits, length of hospitalizations, and the associated lifetime medical expenses.

While the data showed 5,700 fewer hospitalizations and a significant drop in ER visits for auto crash-related injuries in 2012 compared to 2002, the report also gleaned the following numbers, which indicate the costly nature of motor vehicle collisions.

  • An individual injured in a car accident will spend on average $3,300 for an ER visit and a whopping $57,000 in hospital costs over their lifetime.
  • The first year and a half following a car crash injury are the most expensive, when victims incur 75 percent of all medical costs.
  • Teens and young adults ranging in age from 15-29 are at highest risk for suffering personal injury in auto accidents.
  • Elderly drivers or passengers (at least 80 years old) who were harmed in traffic accidents were more likely to be hospitalized.

The CDC report also indicated that in 2012, Americans lost $33 billion in work income due to crash related injuries.

Though the causes of motor vehicle accidents can range from DUI to distracted driving or driver fatigue – the ramifications of such negligence last a lifetime. Other factors such as auto manufacturing defects (defective air bags or malfunctioning brakes), hazardous roads and inclement weather can also contribute to a deadly accident in the blink of an eye.

If you have been harmed in an auto accident in the greater Phoenix area and are wondering who is liable, an Arizona personal injury attorney can help you determine who is at fault and the potential value of your claim. Wattel & York attorneys have been successfully representing car accident victims for decades, and boast a sterling reputation for superior results – both in the courtroom and during pre-trial negotiations.


Treatment for serious car crash injuries can place tremendous financial tolls on not only the injured, but their entire family – especially in cases where the victim was the sole breadwinner. Don’t become a victim twice: partner with a trusted law firm with a long track record of success. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our Phoenix-based personal injury firm, please call Wattel & York anytime at (480) 222-2020, or use our toll-free number at (877) 333-9545.


  1. US News Health, U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1007-crash-injuries.html
  2. CDC, CDC report shows motor vehicle crash injuries are frequent and costly http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1007-crash-injuries.html

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