- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 teenagers every year.
- No other kind of hazard comes close to claiming as many teenage lives, including homicides (13 percent) and suicides (11 percent). (2002 figures)
A Teenager’s Odds
- Teenage drivers account for 12.6 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- The fatal crash rates among 16- to 19-year-olds is four times that of older drivers.
- Risk is the highest at age 16, when the fatal crash rate is 40 percent higher than for 18 year-olds and 30 percent higher than for 19-year-olds.