Half of all teens will be involved in a car accident before graduating high school & car crashes are the leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 18. Some factors for deadly car crashes include drowsiness, distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, & lack of seatbelts. Drowsiness may be a factor in 10-20% of fatal or injury crashes. Drivers between 17-23 are one of the most prone to drowsy driving. 6 out of 10 teen crashes are cause by driver distraction, this can include passengers, phones, multi-tasking, & other distractions. Texting while driving increases crash risk by 23x! & teens are 2.5x more likely to engage in risky behaviors while driving when other teens are in the car. Alcohol plays a role in many fatal crashes, 1 out of 5 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking alcohol.
Here are some scary stats from 2019:
2,042 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers
Speeding was a factor in 27% of fatal teen crashes
45% of teenage driving fatalities were not wearing seatbelts
On average 6 teens die every day in the US from car accidents
One good piece of data shows that teen driving fatalities have decreased 43% over the last decade! Help be part of the decrease by reminding your teen of basic driving safety!