THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIETAL IMPACT OF CRASHES IN PONTIAC
From 2004 to 2014, automobiles struck 306 pedestrians and 183 bicycles in the City of Pontiac. That works out to be over 3 crashes each month. Additionally, pedestrian and bicycle fatal crashes made up 36% of all crashes for that time period; over twice the state average. Each crash results in a tremendous physical and emotional toll on the person hit and their families. There is also an emotional toll on the drivers of vehicles that hit the pedestrians and bicyclists.
Beyond the emotional and physical costs of each crash there is an economic cost. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) makes estimates of the average economical and societal costs of fatal and nonfatal injuries. The NHTSA considers the calculable costs of crashes are wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, vehicle damage and employer’s uninsured costs. When doing a cost benefit analysis for a transportation project, one must look beyond those costs and take into account a measure of the value of lost quality of life. The NHTSA uses figures based on empirical studies to determine the more inclusive average comprehensive cost. Using NHSTA’s average costs figures from 2010, the comprehensive cost of those 489 pedestrian and bicycle crashes over that 11 year period is over 272 million dollars. This works out to be 24.75 million dollars a year or $4,575 per resident each year. Click here for more details.