We knew the cost of all all those crashesin the Washington area was high; we didn't know it was in the billions of dollars! Cambridge Systematics completed the study for AAA using National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics that shows that the cost of all those fender benders, medevacs, ambulance and fire rescue personel, emergency room visits, medical costs and car repairs costs the area $7.4 billion dollars. This figure includes 350 deaths on the area's roadways and 42,566 injuries recorded in 2009 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One benefit of our areas congested highways-the crashes are likely to be at lower speeds. The area's congested highways often mean traffic is traveling at a much slower speed. The crashes often occur at lower speeds, leading to less severe crashes and injuries.
The study looked at the following areas of our region: the District of Columbia and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax,Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, plus the counties of Arlington, Charles, Fairfax, Loudoun,Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William.