SOCIETAL COSTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

Some basic lossses to society from motor vehicle accidents are assessed, and measurable cost components are identifed to provide some indication of the scope of the human problem. The study derives cost estimates that adequately reflect certain losses to society. For the purposes of estimating costs in this study, the Abreviated Injury Scale is based on life threatening criteria rather than on cost based criteria. The basic societal cost components are explained in the context of two criteria for component identification: resources devoted to accidents, and production losses. Sufficient detail is presented in the calculation of each component to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the estimates. The following costs are covered: production, medical, funeral, losses to others, legal courts, insurance, accident investigation, vehicle damage, traffic delay, property damage, and non-quantified costs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Office of Planning, Evaluation and Budget, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • FAIGIN, B M
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00156181
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-802-119
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1978 12:00AM