Teen deaths due to vehicular accidents have reached an alarmingly high rate. By analyzing statistics of such accidents, experts have identified risk factors and mortality trends that may help you protect your own teen. Read on for an overview of the facts behind teen driving accidents:
Impact of Teen Driving Accidents
According to the most recent statistics, 2,700 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died in driving accidents in 2010. An additional 282,000 suffered injuries from such accidents that were severe enough to land them in an emergency room. The financial cost of these accidents is stunning: Although young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 make up just 14% of the U.S. population, the vehicular accidents they cause result in over $26 billion in medical expenses.
Chances of Getting in an Accident
Per mile, teenagers of legal driving age–between 16 and 19 years of age–are three times more likely to get in a motor vehicle accident than those aged 20 or older. Males in the same age range are twice as likely to die in vehicular accidents than females. Teen passengers also greatly increase the likelihood of an accident, regardless of gender. Even worse, this risk increases exponentially, depending on the number of passengers.
Common Risk Factors
Unfortunately, many of the behaviors that increase teens’ risks of getting into a motor vehicle accident are quite common. For example, teens have a shockingly low rate of seatbelt usage–only about 54%, as indicated in a 2011 study of high school students. It should thus come as little surprise that 56% of teens that died as a result of DUI in 2010 were not wearing seatbelts. Other statistics show that teens who drive on weekends and immediately after school are also at increased risk of dying in a motor vehicle accidents.
The safety of teen and adult drivers alike is a major concern to the professional driving instructors at Top Driver. That’s why we offer safe driving lessons for both age groups as part of our mission to improve road safety for not just the Chicagoland area, but the entire country as well. Call us at (888) 471-5418 to learn more about what we offer.