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$41 Billion: Annual Cost of US Crash-Related Deaths

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fatalities resulting from auto accidents cost $41 billion in medical costs and lost wages each year, according to a report out Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, based on deaths in 2005, found that the highest costs -- in fact, half of the overall total -- came in just 10 states: California ($4.16 billion), Texas ($3.50 billion), Florida ($3.16 billion), Georgia ($1.55 billion), Pennsylvania ($1.52 billion), North Carolina ($1.50 billion), New York ($1.33 billion), Illinois ($1.32 billion), Ohio ($1.23 billion), and Tennessee ($1.15 billion).

"Deaths from motor vehicle crashes are preventable," said the CDC's Thomas Frieden. "Seat belts, graduated driver's license programs, child safety seats, and helmet use save lives and reduce health care costs."

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Survey: 1 in 10 Americans Have Driven without Auto Insurance 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The old defensive driving adage “Watch out for the other guy” appears to be more important than ever considering the results of a new survey, which shows a large percentage of Americans confessing to dangerous driving behaviors, including 10 percent who admit they have driven without auto insurance.

Findings from an online survey about bad driving behavior:

  • Just over 39 percent say they eat or drink behind the wheel.
  • 30 percent say they talk on a cellphone while driving.
  • Almost 10 percent admit to having driven without auto insurance coverage.
  • Nine percent admit to texting while behind the wheel.
  • Just under three percent read or groom themselves (shave, apply makeup) while driving.

The survey involved 1,496 motorists.

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November Most Dangerous Month for Deer Collisions

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Deer hits are not unusual in November. In fact, your chance of hitting a deer rises threefold this month because this is breeding season. Bucks are chasing does and many end up in the middle of the road.

"It's a big problem, particularly this time of year," says Kim Hazelbaker, a senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute. "We see literally hundreds of thousands of claims that cost insurers hundreds of millions of dollars and these of course have to be paid for by all of us who are insured," he says. The average cost of repairs is between $2,500 and $3,000 when an auto and deer collide.

Drivers in nearly half the country have a medium to high chance of having an encounter with a deer on the road. The most dangerous state: West Virginia, where drivers have a one in 42 chance of hitting a deer.

The number of deer and collisions with autos have been increasing the past several years.

About 200 people lose their lives each year in one of these collisions.

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Deadly, Aged Tires Still on Shelves, ABC News Uncovers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dangerous, aged tires are still being sold across the country, even as a major rubber supplier recently urged the U.S. government to beef up labeling standards for tire safety, an ABC News investigation has found.

ABC News visited tire shops outside of New York City and San Francisco this week. Of the five locations in New York, ABC News found that two shops had a pair of tires from 2006. At one location, a tire from 1996 was on display for sale. In San Francisco, ABC News went to four tire sellers. The last one visited had an entire set of tires made in 2005 and one tire that was 10 years old.

Aged tires can present a hidden danger even if their treads are unworn and they haven't been driven a mile. According to consumer and industry sources, as tires age the rubber can deteriorate and become brittle, leading to a possible tread separation.

In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association issued a consumer advisory warning motorists that outdated tires, even if they appear to be brand new, can lead to "catastrophic failure." Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler Group have advocated that tires more than 6 years old should not be used, and this week major rubber supplier Lanxess Corp. urged the U.S. government to beef up labeling standards for tire safety.

Currently there are no federal standards setting an "expiration" date for tires. Tire industry trade groups have come out strongly against such a measure, arguing that factors such as excessive use, and poor maintenance and storage are more important in determining whether or not a tire will fail.

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