Facts About Teen Driving


Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of American teens.

In 2011, 1,978 young drivers (ages 15-20) were killed in motor vehicle crashes.

Crashes involving young drivers also claimed the lives of nearly 2,780 other people in 2011 alone:

  • 1,191 passengers riding with young drivers were killed
  • 1,120 people in other vehicles were killed
  • 469 pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-occupants were killed


New teen drivers are more likely to crash than other drivers.

  • Teen drivers ages 16 to 19 have a fatality rate four times the rate of drivers ages 25 to 69. Sixteen-year-old drivers have a crash rate three times more than 17-year-olds, 5 times greater than 18-year-olds, and two times that of 85-year-olds.*
  • Young drivers were involved in 1,229,000 crashes in 2011.*


Risky behavior lead to crashes, injuries, and deaths.

  • In 2011, 24% of young drivers involved in fatal crashes were drinking.*
  • In 2011, 32% of young drivers who were killed in crashes had a BAC of .01 or higher, and 26% had a BAC of .08 or higher.*
  • In 2011, 19.3% of young drivers involved in a fatal crash had previously been convicted of speeding .*


Crashes invovling young drivers are costly to society.

  • The estimated economic cost of police-reported crashes involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 was $40.8 billion in the United States in 2002 alone.* 


Traffic Safety Facts on Young Drivers (2011 ~ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)


*Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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