Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens according to the Centers for Disease Control’s Teen Driver Fact Sheet. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that 1,651 drivers age 16 to 20 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013, compared with 1,843 drivers in this age group in 2012.
Drivers age 15 to 20 accounted for 9 percent of all the drivers involved in fatal crashes and 13 percent of all the drivers involved in all police-reported crashes in 2012. Twenty-eight percent of teen drivers age 15 to 20 who were killed in 2012 had been drinking some amount of alcohol; 24 percent were alcohol-impaired, which is defined by a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher. The DOT found that more teenagers are involved in motor vehicle crashes late in the day and at night than at other times of the day. Teens also have a greater chance of getting involved in an accident if other teens are present in the vehicle, according to research from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm.
DRIVERS IN MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES BY AGE, 2012
MOTOR VEHICLE DEATHS PER 100,000 PERSONS BY AGE, 2013
PERCENT OF ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVERS INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASHES BY AGE, 2004 AND 2013 (1)