The National Safety Council reports that in 1981 accidents caused 99,000 deaths and 9,400,000 disabling injuries, with motor vehicles the largest single factor. The total economic cost—direct and indirect wage losses, medical and hospital bills, administrative expense and claim settlement, and property damage—is estimated at $81.4 billion. Accidents were the leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 years, normally the most productive and useful span of life. Of the total, work accidents caused 12,300 deaths and 2,100,000 disabling injuries.
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