Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens
in the U.S. In 2011, about 2,650 teenagers 16-19 died in crashes.
This is the equivalent of seven teens dying from crashes each day
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
In 2012, 37% of the male drivers 15-20 who were involved in fatal
crashes had been speeding at the time of the crash (National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration).
In 2012, 49% of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred
between 3pm and midnight and 53% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or
Sunday (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
In 2103, car crashes accounted for over 36% of all Florida teen
deaths (Florida Department of Health).
Almost 36,000 teens were injured in crashes in 2013.That means over
98 teens were injured as a driver, passenger or pedestrian each
day in a motor vehicle crash! (Florida's Integrated Report Exchange).
|15-18 years of age
|number of licensed drivers*
|number of drivers in crashes
|number of drivers in fatal crashes
|number of drivers killed in crashes
|Number of drivers injured in crashes
* Based on statistics as of January 1 of the following year.
Note 1: These numbers are of teens 15-18 years of age who at the
time of the crash were operating the vehicle in which they were
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.