Figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration forthe latest crash data available, highlight the problem. Inthe number of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes increased more than 10 percent over the previous year, according to the federal agency. The AAA Foundation goes a step further, calling the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day the " Deadliest Days," because during this time the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent compared to the rest of the year.
Over 30, people are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year in the United States. The fact sheets below highlight the cost of deaths from motor vehicle crashes and show which age groups and types of road users account for the largest portion of these costs in each state. For example, rates of seat belt use are 9 percentage points higher in primary enforcement states compared to secondary enforcement states.
Before you hand over the car keys to your teenager, know the facts. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to When teen drivers ride with other passengers, their risk of being in a fatal car crash doubles.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among to year olds, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. National studies of graduated licensing found that strong laws were associated with substantially lower fatal crash rates and substantially lower insurance claim rates among young teen drivers covered by the laws. Strong restrictions on nighttime driving and teen passengers, as well as raising the licensing age, reduced rates of fatal crashes and insurance collision claims.
Out of concern for public safety and to help reduce the cost of crashes, insurers support safe driving initiatives. According to NHTSA, fatalities decreased in for drivers, passengers and motorcyclists but rose in crashes involving large truck, pedestrians, pedalcyclists and older drivers age 65 and older. The fatality rate, measured as deaths per million vehicle miles traveled, dropped to 1.
Why the recent uptick in traffic fatalities? The National Safety Council suggests that declining gas prices have resulted in people driving longer distances. The organization also notes that today's drivers are more distracted than ever, and are more likely to use social media behind the wheel.
New York is the safest state for teen drivers this year. New York is the third different state to take the top spot in CarInsurance. Massachusetts and Maryland came in first in previous years.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to the high crash rate among young people ages Other major contributing factors to the higher crash risk of young drivers are night driving and teen passengers. Teenagers are involved in more motor vehicle crashes late in the day and at night than at other times of the day.
When there is an auto accident caused by a teen driver, statistics warn of the likelihood that the crash will involve the death or serious injury of the teen driver, his or her passengers, or others on the road with that teenager behind the wheel. These accidents are usually serious, often deadly. As part of National Teen Driver Safety Weekour focus this week is on keeping teen drivers safe while driving on the road — and increasing public awareness of the dangers facing teen drivers today.