Estimates of the Economic and Human Consequences of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Virginia During 1980: A Report

Report No: 83-R13

Published in 1982

About the report:

The purpose of this report is to describe the cost of motor vehicle accidents in two ways: first by identifying the cost components and quantifying them and second by showing the severity of such accidents in terms of human suffering. Although many statistics are kept concerning the causes of motor vehicle accidents, few are kept concerning the results. This report identifies techniques for estimating these statistics and points out the problems associated with each method. Alternative, and possibly more accurate, techniques are recommended for study. The report concludes that motor vehicle accidents cost the Commonwealth of Virginia over $800 million in 1980. Further, it shows that crashes are a leading cause of death for all Virginians, particularly for those younger than forty. Finally, it compares motor vehicle injuries with other accidental injuries, and it concludes that those caused by motor vehicles are, in general, significantly more severe.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Daniel John Regan, Alden L. Atkins

Last updated: January 18, 2024

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