Everybody’s At Risk: Teen Driver Crashes

Both crashes and fatalities have decreased over the past 20 years

The study examined crashes of drivers aged 15-19, from 1994-2013. Researchers found that the number of people injured each year in crashes involving teen drivers declined by 51% and the number of people killed each year in teen driver crashes declined by 56%. Strong teen driver laws, as well as other factors, are reasons for the drop in overall crash rates for teen drivers. Nevertheless, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens.

Everybody is at risk

Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel  (ie other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, etc).  Efforts to improve the skills of teen drivers help to keep all drivers safe on the road.

AAA recommendations:

  • States should review and potentially strengthen their Graduated Driver Licensing laws to provide as much protection as possible for teens.
  • Parents should become effective in-car coaches, set a positive example, make informed decisions about access to a vehicle and manage their teen’s overall driving privileges

View the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Fact Sheet