Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury among 15- to 20-year olds.
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Do You Know the Facts?
- 16-year-old teens have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
- They are three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.
- In 2008 some 2,739 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 died in motor vehicle crashes.
- About 2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2008 were males (IIHS).
- Drivers ages 15-20 accounted for 12% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 and 14% of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes.
- 63% of teenage passenger deaths occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager.
- Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 19% occurred when a teenager was driving (IIHS).
- 58 percent of teen drivers crash the car in their first year of driving; over 80 percent in the first three years, according to the National Safety Council.
- The majority (58%) of young people 16 to 20 years old involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes were unbuckled. (Ref.: NHTSA)
- The leading Risk Factors are: