Average auto fatalities per 100,000
: 21.7 (tied 3rd highest) Auto fatalities/year
: 1,014 (11th most) Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents
: $8,254,510 (15th highest) Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents
: $964,444,444 (13th highest) Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more
: 32.85% (19th highest)
Alabama’s auto fatalities rate of 21.7 per 100,000 residents is tied for third highest. One year worth of such fatalities cost an estimated $8.2 million in medical costs, more than all but 14 states. Such an elevated rate of auto fatalities is surprising when contrasted with the state’s 91.4% seat belt usage rate. The high rate of auto injury deaths may be attributable in part to the lack of several key safety laws. Alabama does not mandate ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers or requires booster seats for children under eight years of age.
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