Teens & Traffic Facts!
Here are some sobering facts about teens and driving accidents.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year-olds. In 2004, 3,620 drivers 15
to 20 years old were killed, and an additional 303,000 were injured, in motor
- In 2004, 7,898 15 to 20 year old drivers were
involved in fatal crashes.
- There were 196.2 million licensed drivers in the
United States in 2003 (2004 data is not available at this time). Young
drivers, between 15 and 20 years old, accounted for 6.3 percent (12.4 million)
of the total! This is a 7.2 percent increase from the 11.6 million young
drivers in 1993!
- 27 percent (397) of the 15 to 20 year old drivers
involved in fatal crashes who had an invalid operator's license at the time of
the crash also had a previous license suspension or revocation.
- 29 percent of the 15 to 20 year old drivers who were killed in motor
vehicle crashes during 2004 had been drinking.
- During 2004, 300 young motorcycle drivers (15 to 20
years old) were killed and an additional 8,000 were injured.
- During 2004, 38 percent of the motorcycle drivers
between 15 and 20 years old who were fatally injured in crashes were not
- Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in
preventing fatalities among motorcyclists. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved
the lives of 1316 motorcyclists of ALL ages in 2004, and if all motorcyclists
had worn helmets, and additional 670 lives could have been saved.
- Of the young motorcycle drivers (15 to 20 years old) involved in fatal
crashes in 2004, more than one-third (39 percent) were either unlicensed or driving with an