- In 2017, 2,526 teens in the United States ages 15-19 were killed and 243,243 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. That means that over 8 teens ages 16-19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
- Young people ages 15-19 represent only 7% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 11% ($10 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.
- Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. In 2017, 5.9% of teen passengers reported rarely or never wearing a seat belt recently, a 20% decrease since 1991.
- Among teen drivers, those at especially high risk for motor vehicles crashes are teens driving with teen passengers. The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studies show that teenagers are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe type of vehicles.
- At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash is greater for teens than for older drivers.
If you are between the ages of 15 and 20, motor vehicle crashes are THE leading cause of death in the United States. Not alcohol or other drugs, not guns, not illness or disease –but TRAFFIC CRASHES!! One study found it takes as many as 30,000 miles or as long as 7 years to mature as a driver. In other words, the odds are not in favor of young drivers and in particular those who may not have received any type of formal driver training.