While annual statistics regarding the costs of motor vehicle accidents are compiled both in Virginia and nationwide, the actual cost of death or injury related to car accidents goes beyond an accounting of the money spent on medical bills and car repairs. The loss of life, suffering, time away from work and the cost of long-term illnesses associated with the trauma of an accident, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, are more difficult to accurately account for. However, these related costs can have a greater impact on accident victims overall.
In 2012, over 33,000 people died nationwide as the result of car accidents, and another two million were injured. In Virginia that same year, 775 died, and an additional 67,000 were injured. Of those, 542 deaths were related either to alcohol or speeding.