Year in and year out national statistics on auto accidents reveal some frightening teenage driver accident statistics. While the stats are always released atleast a year postponed, we wanted to gather and share the most crucial to help construct a clear picture of teenage driver accident statistics in the U.S.
We wanted to do this, not to denigrate teenagers or young drivers, but to raise a sense of urgency among parents, teachers, coaches and people in the position to influence teenagers to follow safer driving practices.
Here's what we found...
Teenage Accident Statistics
Auto accidents are the number 1 cause of death for teenagers (15 to 20 years old).
When teenage drivers have passengers in the car, the risk of a fatal car crash DOUBLES.
When teenage drivers have 2 or more passengers, the risk of a fatal car crashes increase by up to 500%.
Teenage drivers have the lowest rate of seat belt use.
Teenage driver accident rates are over 3.5 times the rates of adult drivers.
Distracted driving accident rates are highest among teenage drivers (i.e. cell phone use, texting, music player etc.)
Nearly 55% of teens polled admit that they talk on cell phones while driving.
25% of teenage drivers who are killed in car crashes have Blood Alcohol Percentages (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.8.
Nearly 60% of teenagers killed in car crashes were not wearing seat belts.
In accidents resulting in a teenage driver fatality, on average 2 other people are killed in the accident (passengers and other drivers).
Over 60% of teens polled admit to "risky driving habits" (speeding, unsafe passing, etc.)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 600,000 teens were injured in car accidents in 2008.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that on average, every hour during weekends and every two hours during weekdays, a teenager dies in a car accident.
If you have questions about these statistics or have been in an accident involving a teenage driver and would like someone to review your case, contact us today.