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October 18, — Teen drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of a deadly crash, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In contrast, when older passengers 35 or older ride with a teen driver, overall fatality rates in crashes decreased eight percent. Considering the increased risk created by a combination of teen drivers and teen passengers, AAA emphasizes the need for teen drivers to gain adequate supervised training, especially in different driving scenarios, before taking what could be a fatal drive. In , teen drivers were involved in more than 1 million police-reported crashes resulting in more than 3, deaths.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability to teens in the United States. According to teen driver safety statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,1, young drivers ages 15 to 20 years old died in motor vehicle crashes in Although dire, this represents a 4 percent decrease from the 1, young drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes in Teen driver statistics also show that teens are also more likely to crash if impaired, using a cell phone, or with peer passengers. These rules should include seat belt use on every ride, every time, and limiting nighttime driving and peer passengers until the first full year of independent driving.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U. In , 2, teens in the United States aged were killed, and about , were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. In , young people aged represented 6. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens aged than among any other age group.