Youth Traffic Safety Statistics - National Highway Traffic Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens
in the U.S.
Nationally in 2006, 4,842 teen passenger vehicle occupants, ages
16 to 20, were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and 58 percent (2,813)
were unrestrained at the time of the fatal crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), teenage drivers and passengers are among those least likely
to wear their safety belts.
While all teens are at a high-risk of experiencing a fatal crash,
according to NHTSA, young males, pickup truck drivers and passengers,
as well as people living in rural areas are also among those least
likely to buckle up.
During 2006, a teen died in a traffic crash an average of once every
hour on weekends and nearly once every two hours during the week.
Traffic Crash Facts · Motor vehicle crashes are the number one
cause of death for teens 16-19 years of age. While teens make up
only 6% of the driving population in Florida but they are involved
in 14 % of the fatal crashes.
Florida drivers in the age group of 15-19 years of age had the highest
rate per 10,000 licensed drivers of crash invovlement (438.77) and
the higest rate of fatal crashes (5.09) in 2007. For the 15-19 age
group, Florida crash data reveals:
|15-19 years of age
|number of licensed drivers
|number of drivers in crashes
|number of drivers in fatal crashes
|number of drivers killed in fatal crashes
For front-seat passengers, lap and shoulder belts reduce the chance of serious injury by as much as 50 percent.
In fatal crashes, only one percent of belted occupants are ejected from their vehicle; 22 percent of unbelted occupants are ejected and 75 percent of them are killed.
Average hospital costs for unbelted crash victims are 55 percent higher than for belted victims according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people between ages 15 and 24.
Alcohol is involved in about one-third of fatal crashes involving 16-19-year-old-drivers.
Even a small amount of alcohol causes impairment. Studies show that impairment can begin with the first sip and worsen with continued drinking. Young drivers are about 1.5 times more likely to have a fatal crash after having one or two drinks and about three times more likely after three drinks.
Seventy-seven percent of fatal crashes involving alcohol occur at night.
Marijuana affects alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time, all skills required for safe driving.
These effects can last up to 24 hours after smoking marijuana.
One in every six crashes is caused by a distracted driver.
Sleep-related crashes are most common in young people. One North Carolina state study found that 55 percent of fall-asleep crashes involved people 25-years-old or younger.
Sleepy drivers cause approximately 100,000 crashes every year in the U.S.
The chance of death or serious injury doubles for every ten miles per hour over 50 mph that a vehicle travels.
Red Light/Stop Sign Running
One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light-running crash.