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Teen Driving Facts and Figures

The leading cause of death for people ages 16-24 in the United States is motor vehicle crashes - almost half of all deaths by all causes. 

Each year approximately 450,000 teens are injured in vehicle crashes, 27,000 are hospitalized, and 5,500 die.

Drivers age 16-19 are twice as likely to crash as those 20-24; three times as likely as those 25-29; and more than four times as likely as those 30-69.  Among those 16-19 years old, the youngest drivers have the highest risk.

In Alabama, vehicular deaths account for approximately half of preventable deaths for residents less than 18 years of age each year.  “Driver inexperience” is cited as the cause in approximately one-fourth of those deaths.

In addition to the three primary factors in teen driver deaths, other factors which contribute to teen driver crashes, injuries, and fatalities include:

  • Driver inexperience - this amplifies the effects of most other factors
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive and/or reckless driving
  • Nighttime driving
  • Unlicensed and underage driving
  • Unsafe vehicles/equipment

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