Motor vehicle injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, with 36,096 such deaths in 2019. Rates of death from motor vehicle injuries have decreased significantly since the 1970s as technology has improved the safety of motor vehicles. In 1970, there were 27.6 deaths from motor vehicle injuries per 100,000 population, but, by 2018, this rate had decreased to 11.7 per 100,000 population. The risk of motor vehicle injury can depend on the vehicle type, make, and model. In 2019, the number of crashes involving motorcycles was around 81 thousand, compared to 119 thousand injury crashes among large trucks.
Spinal and head injuries
Some of the worst unintentional injuries involve spinal cord or head injuries, or more specifically, brain trauma. These types of injuries can lead to permanent physical or mental disability and even death. Motor vehicles resulted in the largest share of spinal cord injuries between 2015 and 2020, accounting for 38.2 percent of such injuries. As of 2020, there were around 17,900 spinal cord injuries every year and about 30 percent of people with such injuries were re-hospitalized in any given year. The estimated lifetime cost of a patient who is 25 years old and suffering from paraplegia in the United States was around 2.5 million dollars as of 2020.
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