The Economic Cost of Road Traffic Crashes in an Urban Setting

This study assesses the total economic costs of road traffic crashes in Barcelona, Spain. This is the first study to estimate the costs of road traffic crashes for a city in a developed country. A cost-of-illness study was conducted using a prevalence approximation, a societal and healthcare system perspective, and a 1-year time horizon. Results showed that total costs of road traffic crashes in Barcelona in 2003 were 367 million. Direct costs equaled 329 million (89.8% of total costs), including property damage costs, insurance administration costs and hospital costs. Police, emergency costs and transportation costs had a minimum effect on total direct costs. Indirect costs were 37 million, including lost productivity due to hospitalization and mortality. The results of the sensitivity analysis showed the upper limit of total economic cost of road traffic crashes in Barcelona to be 782 million. These high costs reinforce the need for increased interventions to reduce traffic accidents.


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  • Accession Number: 01044703
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2007 8:56PM