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Understanding the Cost of a Motor Vehicle Crash

November 22, 2017, Author: Tru Motor News

Two men involved in a car accidentEver remember that sickening feeling in the aftermath of witnessing a vehicular accident due to lost brakes? It is terrifying to think of such an event, especially if it has happened to you.

Precautions should be taken to prevent it from happening. For example, you should let a professional check and service your brakes in Salt Lake City to make sure they are in excellent condition.

Preventable motor vehicle crash deaths

Since January 2017 to November 2017, around 250 people died in Utah due to vehicular accidents. According to Utah Department of Health, “teen drivers were two times more likely to have a contributing factor in a fatal crash than drivers of other ages”. In 2015, 28 teen drivers were killed. Of this, 3.6% are due to vehicle defects. This could have been prevented if there is proper maintenance.

Costs on motor vehicle crashes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $3 million is spent on medical costs in Utah in 2013. In addition, $265 million in Utah are lost on what these drivers, if alive, could have earned in the future. More so, the cost of maintaining the vehicle may be considerably less than a lifetime of medical costs for crash injuries.

For example, a 20-year old who just encountered a car crash after cancelling his trip to the vehicle repair company because of a $200 to $300 fee on repairing the car’s master cylinder may spend a minimum of $500 every month on physical therapy alone.

A faulty brake is just one part of a vehicle. Car defects account only for a part of the cause of road accident deaths. The key to reducing injuries and costs is bumpy but achievable. The government may promote safety through education and the implementation of laws, but the first step towards safe driving always lies on you.