Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.

DOT HS 810 581

2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Rehabilitation Costs and Long-Term Consequences of
Motor Vehicle Injuries

5. Report Date

March 2006

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)
Ted Miller, Elizabeth Langston, Bruce Lawrence, Les Becker, Cecelia Snowden, Carl Granger, Carol Russell, Jeffrey Kreutzer, and Jennifer Marwitz

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
11710 Beltsville Drive
Calverton , MD 20705
Phone: 301-755-2700 Fax: 301-755-2799

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
400 Seventh Street, SW.
Washington , DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Draft Final, Task Order period:
June 26, 2001 Dec. 31, 2003

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

16. Abstract

In 2000, we estimate that $127.5 million was spent for inpatient rehabilitation of injuries in motor vehicle crashes excluding motorcycles, and an estimated $16.3 million was spent on motorcycle crashes, reported in 2002 dollars. Public funds paid for 26 percent of the other motor vehicle costs and 19.5 percent of motorcycle costs. According to estimates generated with the costing methods in Miller, Romano and Spicer (2000), inpatient rehabilitation accounted for an estimated 3 percent of inpatient care costs for motor vehicle injuries and 4 percent of the of the inpatient care costs for motorcycle injuries. The methods used provide a model that can readily be applied to available data to update the national cost estimate in the future.

Motor vehicle and motorcycle injuries generate other costs related to lost functional capacity and the resulting impacts on social and role functions. Although this study did not estimate those costs, it showed the losses for some injuries can be quite significant. For comparison, this study also provides data on rehabilitation costs, hospital length of stay and cost-related outcomes such as employment and living status for other injury causes such as assault and attempted suicide.

17. Key Words

motorcycle, motor vehicle, injury, rehabilitation, cost, medical, length of stay

18. Distribution Statement

  Copy available from the NHTSA Web page: .

19. Security Classif. (Of this report)

20. Security Classif. (Of this page)

21. No. of Pages

22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)                             Reproduction of completed page authorized