When carrying two or more passengers a young drivers risk of being involved in a fatal crash is over five times higher than travelling alone. Facts about teen distracted driving teen driver source. Driver crash risk factors and prevalence evaluation using. Almost half 47 percent of the young drivers age 15 to 20 killed in crashes in.
Here we explore the main reasons why young drivers are more prone to accidents. It is generally acknowledged that the greatest risk of traffic crashes is among teenage drivers. Fatality facts 2018 teenagers iihshldi crash testing and. This report investigates the number of people, other than the teen driver, who have died in crashes involving young drivers, such as teen drivers passengers. Teens who are at especially high risk for motor vehicle crashes are. The aaa foundation for traffic safety released a report in october 2012 that showed that the risk of 16 or 17year old drivers being killed in a crash increases with each additional teenage passenger in the vehicle.
Drivers 25 to 34 reported talking on the phone at the time of the crash or near crash 10% more than any. Factors contributing to crashes among young drivers. Washington, dc 20590 may 2016 dot hs 812 278 key findings n the 15 to 20yearold age grou, driver fatalities declined y 51 ercent fro 2005 to 201. The crash rate for drivers ages 16 and 17 is higher than that for middleaged drivers. Teen drivers facts and stats show that out of 57,298 distracted driving crashes that occurred in colorado from 2012 2015, 30% of those behind the wheel were under the age of 30. The average distance travelled by young drivers each year varies significantly depending on the area type. For several crash types, effects appeared to be particularly strong for 18 and 19yearolds. Young driver statistics more than 300 young drivers aged 18 25 have lost their lives in victoria in the last 10 years representing just less than one in four or 23% of drivers lives lost in victoria in this period. Data national highway traffic safety administration nhtsa. The 11 facts you want are below, and the sources for the facts are at the very bottom of the page. Alcohol involvement includes a fatal crash in which a driver had a bac of.
Florida traffic crash facts annual report 2018 important. Young drivers are also overrepresented in crash statistics compared with. Txdot maintains a statewide automated database for all reported motor vehicle traffic crashes since 2003. Young car driver aged 1724 fatalities and serious injuries, gb. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability to teens in the united states. Young driver trauma trends centre for road safety nsw. Among young drivers aged 1520 who died in car crashes in 2017, almost half were unrestrained at the time of the crash when restraint use was known. Young drivers 18 to 20 report the highest level of phone involvement % at the time of a crash or near crash. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for u. In 2014, there were 1,717 young drivers 15 to 20 years old who died in motor vehicle. Why do young drivers have more car accidents facts. Alcohol all states and the district of columbia have 21yearold minimumdrinkingage laws.
Jul 28, 2014 young drivers often question why the cost of their car insurance is so high. Information in the ltbcf report is compiled by fmcsas analysis division from four major sources. Young drivers report the highest level of phone involvement in. In the united states, teenagers drive less than all but the oldest people, but their numbers of crashes and crash deaths are disproportionately high. It is estimated only around per 6 cent of miles driven in cars in great britain in 2012 were driven by a young car driver. Most fatalities in young 1520 year old driver crashes are young drivers and their young passengers. Insurers work out their prices by analysing risk, and unfortunately when it comes to young drivers you cant argue with the statistics they are at much greater risk of having an accident. Portions of the content of those reports and in this crash fact book are based on guidelines provided by the u. Traffic crash facts florida department of highway safety. The crash injured a 18yearold driver and his 16yearold passenger. Driving while distracted can make it difficult to react during a potential crash, especially for teen drivers.
Peer passengers, talking or texting on a cell phone, changing the radio, eating, or applying makeup are all dangerous. The indiana officers standard crash report, completed by local. If you judge based on numbers alone, young drivers especially male teenage drivers are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Young drivers tend to be over represented in all types of crashes.
Rac foundation says young drivers more likely to crash. The tendency to take risks is part of being a young person, but for too many young people this results in death or serious injury on the roads. The relationship between age and driving behavior has interested highway safety researchers and administrators for many years. The lowest annual figure was 1 in 20, a fall of around 70 per cent. In 2016, there were 2,082 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. To request crash data, visit the contact adot page and select public records request from the dropdown menu. Deaths from motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers, 2003 to 2012. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens aged 1619 than among any other age group. The rac foundation found that between 2008 and 2012 there were on average 188,368 people injured in a car accident each year. Provide driver training at the time of hire that includes making young drivers aware of the safety features of the vehicle they will be driving. Fatalities in accidents involving at least one young car driver aged 1724, gb. Mile for mile, the crash rate for drivers age 16 and 17 is about 9x that for middleaged drivers. Information in the florida traffic crash statistics. Numbers of speeding drivers, involved in fatal crashes, by age group, 200810.
Traffic safety fact sheet young drivers dot hs 812 278, for the purposes of this fact sheet, the term young driver refers to a person 15 to 20 years old operating a motor vehicle involved in a crash. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the united states. In 2012, there were 4,283 young drivers involved in fatal crashes a 46percent decrease from the 7,937 involved in 2003. The study analyzed crash data and the number of miles driven by 16 and 17year olds. This link is to the office of employment and population statistics for the state of arizona. Portions of the content in those reports and in this crash fact book are based on guidelines provided by the u. Get the facts motor vehicle safety cdc injury center. Young drivers publication topic crashstats nhtsa dot. Young drivers 3 times more likely to be in serious crash, and. Of all motor vehicle crash deaths, teenagers accounted for 8%.
Results indicate that many secondary tasks or activities, particularly resulting from the use of handheld electronic devices, are of detriment to driver safety. Information regarding traffic volumes can be found on the data and analysis section of this website. Research shows that when teenage drivers transport teen passengers there is a greatly increased crash risk. Drivers age 24 and younger crash experience trend tables. For young and old drivers, the reasons behind the risk are as different as the people themselves. Teen driver risk in relation to age and number of passengers. Knowing the statistics and facts about teen distracted driving can help families manage this dangerous crash risk. Driver age 1620 time of day in crash, hazardous action. Young driver statistics tac transport accident commission. The highest annual figure for young car driver deaths was 448 in 1990. There were 2,823 motor vehicle accidents among people age to 19yearsold. The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991, but more can be done. The indiana officers standard crash report, completed by local and state law. Getting a drivers license is a rite of passage for teenagers, but it also marks the start of their most dangerous years on the road.
In 2016, 58 percent of all passenger fatalities of 15 to 18yearold passenger vehicle drivers were unrestrained. Nhtsa s teen driving site contains information on states driver licensing requirements for teens as well as ideas and resources to help youthe parentslay down the ground rules with your aspiring driver before you hand over the car keys. Seventy three per cent of young driverrider fatalities aged 16 to 24are male and 85% are responsible for the fatal crash they are involved in. According to teen driver safety statistics compiled by the national highway traffic safety administration,1,830 young drivers ages 15 to 20 years old died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. Young drivers 1724 years old are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers. In the first part of 2012, 240 16 and 17yearold drivers died in car accidents. The sections below contain detailed statistics on various crash characteristics. In fact, during their first six months of solo driving, newly licensed drivers are about. Crash involvement of an estimated 3,197 intermediate drivers was prevented in the first two years after the decals implementation.
The missouri traffic safety compendium is a comprehensive resource for information pertaining to missouri traffic crashes derived from the statewide traffic accident records system stars managed by the missouri state highway patrol. Mar 08, 2016 this paper presents findings about the riskiest factors faced by drivers as informed through the first largescale, crash only analysis of naturalistic driving data. In 2017, 2,364 teens in the united states aged 1619 were killed, and about 300,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor. By contrast, fatalities among young drivers, age 15 to 20, rose 4. In 2012 young drivers aged 1524 were involved in 73 fatal traffic crashes, 549 serious injury crashes and 2,626 minor injury crashes. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash than older drivers for. The anatomy of crashes involving young drivers preventing teen. This study investigates how teen drivers crash risk changes when they are.
Statistics as many 5,419 people were killed or seriously injured in accidents involving at least one young car driver last year. Make sure the driving assignment follows state graduated driver licensing gdl laws e. Jul 24, 2014 personality factors, such as sensationseeking, aggressiveness and egocentrism, have also been found to affect the crash risk of a young driver. National highway traffic safety administration nhtsa.
Mlive file photo of a 2012 accident near muskegon involving a teenage driver. Teenage and older drivers consumer reports magazine. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers in this age group are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Most fatalities in young 1520 year old driver crashes are young drivers and. Crash data statistics are provided describing missouris crash experience and characteristics. It is widely believed that youth recklessness is often the cause of young driver crashes, but is this simply. Research shows that the human b rains final stages of. For those young drivers who survived the fatal crash, 85 percent were restained. Colorados first graduated driver licensing laws began in 1999. Young drivers in low population urban areas and rural areas travel on average almost 3 times further than those in london and metropolitan areas.370 550 989 346 1499 281 951 1138 607 927 19 1226 554 1159 595 1453 903 907 982 348 1256 902 80 274 867 202 31 218 870 80 1460 260 813 1035 225 681 748 1243 1346 972 844 1261 1102 339 65 917 346 1142 194