Given that more than 30,000 people are killed annually by auto accidents in the United States, the costs of these crashes can quickly become overwhelming, especially when you add the emotional trauma to victims' friends and families to the monetary costs.

But from a strictly fiscal sense, the costs are high. In 2005 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that automotive crash deaths resulted in $41 billion in medical and work costs, much of which come to fall on insurers' shoulders.

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