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YOUNG DRIVER FACT SHEET*
April 2015

  • In 2013, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death among 13-19 year-old males and females in the United States.
  • Teenagers drive less than all but older drivers but their numbers of crashes and crash deaths are disproportionately high.
  • A total of 2,524 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013.
  • Among passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 involved in fatal crashes in 2013, 47% were involved in single-vehicle crashes.
  • In 2013, June, July and August had higher teenage crash deaths than other months.
  • Fifty-four percent of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers in 2013 occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2013 occurred most frequently from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (17%).
  • In 2013, 56% of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers.
  • In 2013, belt use among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 (47%) was higher than among drivers ages 20-59.
  • Among fatally injured 16-19 year old occupants, belt use among passengers (34%) was considerably lower than among drivers.
  • In 2013, 52% of the deaths of teenage passengers in passenger vehicles occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager.
  • Young drivers are less likely to drive after drinking alcohol, but their crash risk is substantially higher when they do.
  • Among fatally injured teenage drivers in 2013, females were less likely than males to have high Blood Alcohol Concentrates (BAC).
  • Research shows which behaviors contribute to teen-related crashes.  Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving, and other drug use aggravate this problem.
  • Lane departure is a significant cause of motor vehicle crashes.

*Source- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated: 10-05-2010 (JLR)
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