Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for U.S. teens. About seven teens aged 13–19 die every day from motor vehicle crash injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers aged 16–19 are nearly three times as likely as drivers aged 20 or older to be in a fatal crash.
The good news is that teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable. We know proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.
- Transportation Risk Behaviors Among High School Students — Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 2019
- Graduated Driver Licensing Night Driving Restrictions and Drivers Aged 16 or 17 Years Involved in Fatal Night Crashes — United States, 2009–2014
- Driving Among High School Students — United States, 2013