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Citation

Ode G, Sing R, Hsu J, Seymour R, Bosse M. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2018; 117: 121-127.

Affiliation

Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC, United States.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.aap.2018.03.023

PMID

29698865

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This study evaluates the impact of moped crashes in North Carolina, a state with lenient moped legislation by(1) describing the characteristics of moped crashes and (2) estimating the cost burden of moped-related injuries.

METHODS: Health and public records of moped crash subjects treated at our hospital were reviewed. Direct costs were billed hospital charges. Indirect costs based on age and outcomes were calculated.

RESULTS: Between 2008-2013, 368 subjects were involved in 373 moped crashes. 52% of drivers were intoxicated. 38% of drivers had prior DWIs and 26% had prior revoked licenses. Hospitalized subjects (n = 305) had a combined 2687 hospital days, 695 ICU days and 449 trips to the operating room for treatment of their injuries. Average hospital charges were $70,561 per subject. Total direct and indirect costs of moped injuries were over $26 million and $81 million respectively. Medicaid absorbed most of the direct cost ($13.7 M). Estimated direct cost of moped crashes across the state totaled $133 million.

CONCLUSION: Healthcare and financial ramifications of moped collisions are substantial. Laws governing moped drivers and stricter penalties for intoxicated drivers are needed.

Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Language: en

Keywords

Economic/cost analysis; Epidemiology/procedural/outcomes; Injury prevention; Outcomes

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