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Motor vehicle accidents account for 21.5 percent of workers’ compensation death claims, a study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance has found.

The 32-page research brief, “Traffic Accidents–A Growing Contributor to Workers’ Compensation Losses” also said that vehicle accidents are more severe than the average workers’ comp claim, comprising close to 2 percent of claims but more than 5.5 percent of losses, on average, from 1997 to 2003.

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