According to the federal government: "Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U. Ineight teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.
After spending years protecting your children from all sorts of dangers on the road and off, you now face the prospect of handing them the keys to the family car. It's time for them to learn how to drive. Are you prepared?
These are the startling statistics that we here at Impact Teen Drivers are trying to change. The overwhelming majority of these crashes are caused by inexperience or distractions, not "thrill-seeking" or deliberate risk-taking. In the National Young Driver Survey, 20 percent of 11th grade drivers reported at least one crash over the past year, including 5 percent who experienced two or more crashes.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U. In2, teens in the United States ages 16—19 were killed andwere treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. Inyoung people ages represented 6. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among year-olds than among any other age group.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration1, drivers age 15 to 20 died in motor vehicle crashes inbasically unchanged from 1, in Drivers age 15 to 20 accounted for 9 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in and 12 percent of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes. In contrast, young drivers accounted for 5.
Before you hand over the car keys to your teenager, know the facts. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to When teen drivers ride with other passengers, their risk of being in a fatal car crash doubles.
It brings new independence to them, their parents and often their friends and siblings. But the statistics of teen deaths associated with teen driving in the U. From and nearly 16, to year-olds died in car crashes when they or another teen was driving.
The motor vehicle death rate for teens ages 15 to 19 declined substantially from tofrom 42 to 28 deaths perThe fatality rate remained steady through the next decade, before steep declines resumed from tofrom 27 to 11 per ,; however, the rate then increased slightly to 12 perin Appendix 1. According to analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, similar significant declines in fatalities occurred in the early s and early s—both periods of economic recession. It is likely that the recession of to played a role in restricting teen driving and reducing fatalities.
There are few times when a parent worries more, and rightly so, than when a new teen driver slips behind the wheel. It's a heart-in-throat moment, whether a parent is coaching a teen from the passenger seat or merely waving an apprehensive goodbye while the new driver merrily exercises his or her new independence. For too many families, that independence comes at a devastating cost: Last year, 76 teens were killed in car crashes in Illinois. But there is some encouraging context to that tragic statistic: Teen deaths in car crashes have plunged by half in the past decade.