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Car Crashes And Young People

Traffic safety facts

Young drivers: Just the stats

Car crashes are the number one killer of young people between the ages of 15 to 20.

There were 182.7 million licensed drivers in the United States in 1997 (1998 and later data were not available). Young drivers, between 15 and 20 years old, accounted for 6.9 percent or 12.6 million of these drivers. Sixteen percent of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes were young drivers.

In 1998, 7,975 15- to 20-year-old drivers were involved in fatal car accidents.

During that same year, 14 percent of all the drivers involved in fatal crashes were young drivers between 15 to 20 years old. Fourteen percent had an invalid driver's license.

More than one third of the young drivers involved in fatal crashes who had an invalid driver's license at the time of the crash, also had a previous license suspension or revocation. For the same group, 28 percent of this group of drivers who were killed in car accidents had been drinking.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people in this age group. In 1998, 3,427 young people were killed and an additional 348,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents.

When driver fatality rates are calculated on the basis of estimated annual travel, the highest rates are found among the youngest and the oldest drivers. Compared with the fatality rate for drivers 25 through 69 years old, the rate for teen drivers is about four times higher.

The severity of a crash increases with alcohol involvement. In 1998, 21 percent of those young people involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. Twenty-one percent of the young people who were killed in car crashes were intoxicated.



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