It’s nerve-wracking for every parent to put their kids behind the wheel. This fear is far from unfounded—the statistics for teen driving and how often it results in disaster are historically bad. To paint a clearer picture of what these dangers look like, we’ve collected five general, but key statistics about teen driving and what most often causes accidents involving drivers of a certain age.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of teen death in the United States. In 2013, 2,163 teens between the ages of 16-19 years were killed and 243,243 were treated for injuries from car crashes. That averages to 6 teen deaths every day, all due to motor vehicle collisions.
- Teens aged 16-19 years old have a higher risk of being in a car crash than any other age group. Per mile driven, teen drivers in that age range are nearly three times more likely than drivers 20+ years old to be in a fatal crash.
- 75% of serious car accidents involving teens are due to “critical errors.” Three common critical errors account for nearly half of these crashes—neglecting to scan for and respond appropriately to hazards, speeding, and being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle.
- Most newly licensed teen drivers are inexperienced and lack common, but significant skills, which means they have a much higher risk of crashing compared to more experienced drivers. The most common types of teen crashes involve easy mistakes that highlight that inexperience—left turns, rear-ending, and going off the road.
- Distraction is a key factor in 58% of teen crashes in that 16-19 years age group, according to analysis of video footage of 1,691 moderate to severe crashes six seconds before they took place.
Talk with your new driver(s) about the dangers and choices they may face behind the wheel to ensure they’re prepared as best as possible for whatever comes their way as they gain experience. If you or your loved one have been in a car accident, contact Boughter Sinak today for a free evaluation.
Source: Teen Driver Source