Motor vehicle crashes are the
leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds, causing
roughly one-third of all deaths for this age group.
Teenagers are overrepresented in traffic crashes both as
drivers and as passengers. The high crash-involvement
rate for this age group is caused primarily by their
lack of maturity and driving experience coupled with
their overconfidence and risk-taking behaviors.
High-risk behaviors include failure to wear safety
belts, speeding, driving while impaired (by alcohol or
other drugs) and drowsy or distracted driving. This age
group is particularly susceptible to distractions caused
by other passengers in the vehicle, electronic devices
Click here for more information on the unique set of
risks faced by young drivers.