Motor vehicle crashes are an inherent part of our lives, no matter the safety initiatives taken by local and state law enforcement agencies. With more and more distractions entering our lives, it has become increasingly difficult for police officers to enforce traffic laws and keep others safe on the roads of Texas. The cost of motor vehicle crash deaths in Texas is just under $5 billion per year.

In the state of Texas, medical costs from fatal motor vehicle crashes reach $37 million annually. Combine that number with $4.85 billion in lost work costs, and fatal motor vehicle crashes cost $4.89 billion annually in Texas.

These numbers have been broken down into the type of road user and the cost incurred when they are involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Texas.

— Motor vehicle occupants: $1.09 billion.

— Pedestrians: $716 million.

— Motorcyclists: $665 million.

— Bicyclists: $84 million.

— Other/Unspecified: $2.33 billion.

The population of Texas is just over 26 million, making it one of the most populated states in the country. Because of the heavy population, the number of fatal car crashes is higher than in other states, leading to the high cost of those crashes on an annual basis.

When the costs are broken down into age groups, the largest group in terms of cost is young adults (20-34), with a cost of $2.27 billion. Adults (35-64) account for $1.79 billion. Teens (15-19) account for $504 million. Children (0-14) account for $214 million and older adults (65 ) account for $109 million in costs in the state of Texas.

Motor vehicle accidents, specifically fatal crashes, can be prevented. Distracted driving is a leading cause of fatal crashes. Distracted driving includes mobile phone use, reading the newspaper, eating, shaving, applying makeup, changing the radio stations, talking to passengers, texting, reading or sending emails and more while operating a vehicle.

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