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Teen Driver Safety

helping to protect young drivers from
distracted and reckless driving

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the US.

Six teens ages 16-19 die every single day in motor vehicle crashes, and hundreds more are injured.

In 2016, 2,433 teens in the United States were killed in motor vehicle accidents, while a staggering 292,742 teens were treated for injuries suffered in car accidents. While only comprising 6.5% of the US population, teens ages 15-19 account for an estimated $13.6 billion (8.4%) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries annually.



What's causing this problem?

The overwhelming majority of serious teen driver accidents are caused by “critical errors.”

These include lack of appropriate scanning for hazards, driving too fast for the road conditions, and being distracted by something inside or outside of the vehicle.


  • Over 70% of young people admit to texting while driving.
  • Speeding contributes to 32% of teen driver fatalities.
  • Alcohol was a factor in 20% of fatal crashes involving teenagers.
  • 47% of teenage drivers killed in car accidents weren’t wearing a seat belt.
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Teenagers have the lowest rate of seat belt
use of any age group in the US.

 

What can we do about it?

 


Sources: CDC.gov, NHTSA.gov, teendriversource.org

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