- The number one cause of death for 15-20 year olds is car collisions.
- This age group makes up 7% of licensed drivers, 14% of fatalities, and 20% of all reported collisions.
- In 2004, 7,386 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers ages 16-20 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 2005)
- 3,523 young drivers ages 16-20 were killed in 2004. (NHTSA, 2005)
- Based on estimated miles traveled annually, teen drivers age 16-19 have a fatality rate four times the rate of drivers age 25-69. Sixteen-year-old drivers have a crash rate three times more than 17-year-olds, 5 times greater than 18-year-olds, and two times that of 85-year-olds. (NHTSA, 2001)
- 53% of teen driver deaths occur on weekends.
- Nearly two-thirds of teen passenger vehicle occupants killed were unrestrained. (NHTSA, 2003)
- Forty-one percent (41%) of teenage motor vehicle deaths in 2003 occurred between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (IIHS, 2004)
- In 2001, the estimated economic cost of police-reported crashes involving drivers between 15 and 20 years old was $42.3 billion. (NHTSA, 2002)
- 65% of teen passenger deaths occur with a teen driving.
- Staying up late puts teen drivers at high risk for automobile collisions due to drowsiness.
- Teens are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a single vehicle crash.
- Based on current population trends, there will be 23% more 16-20 year-old drivers on the road in 2010 than there are today -- 26.1 million.
- The 16-year-old population alone will increase from 3.5 million to over 4 million by 2010.