Teen Driving – Crash & Fatality Statistics
Is there a deal with teens and car crashes?
- Car accidents are considered the #1 killer of teenagers in the United States.
- Teenagers are four times more likely to get injured or die in a car crash compared to older people.
- Teens accounted for 10% of the entire US population in 2003 but were involved in 13% of car accident fatalities the same year. Believe it!
- Male teens are twice as likely to become injured or die in a car accident in the U.S. compared to their female counterparts.
Why the bad rap for teenagers?
- There is a higher risk of crashing during the first year a teen starts driving a vehicle. It is because they are newbies behind the wheel. In fact, without the necessary experience, teens are more likely to become involved in a crash.
- Most teen car crashes occur on weekends where they are too busy having fun and paying little attention to driving the vehicle.
- Most of the time, a teenager tend to not recognize or underestimate dangerous situations when driving.
- Teenagers are more likely to make illegal turns, run a red light, drive after using drugs or alcohol, or ride with an intoxicated driver.
Teens are already at risk even when they are sober behind the steering wheel. DUI or Driving under the influence is asking for more trouble. You will not only ruin your life but the lives of your family and friends and other lives on the road.
Don’t be a statistic, learn the hard facts!
- Eight teenagers die across the United States every day in a DUI crash
- All levels of BAC or blood alcohol content increase the risk of a teen car crash compared to an older driver. Just because an adult had a couple of beers are drove the car a couple of hours later, it doesn’t mean you also can. The effects of alcohol are much stronger in teens than adults since they are still growing and developing.
- More than 7400 teenagers were injured or died in DUI crashes in 2005. In fact, teen fatalities are 1/5th of all alcohol-related car crashes in the country. But licensed teens make up only 6% of the overall licensed drivers in the U.S.
- Alcohol-related crashes peak at night – between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. – and is even higher during the weekends compared to weekdays. Males are twice more likely to become involved in a crash under the influence compared to females.
Butler Law Firm Is Here To Help!
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