Car accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers. It is likely no surprise, then that, teenage drivers aged 16 to 19 have a crash rate four times that of older drivers - and that almost two-third of teen deaths in traffic accidents occur when teens are passengers in a car being driven by another teen.
Teenage drivers tend to be inexperienced. This, of course, is not surprising given that most have not spent much time behind the wheel beyond required training or the occasional drive with their parents. Because of this inexperience, teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate potentially dangerous situations.
Did you know that more drivers under the age of 20 are involved in fatal distracted driving accidents than any other group? In fact, new data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown that drivers 15 to 19 are responsible for 13 percent of distracted driving crashes that result in death.
That's the theme of the sixth annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) which starts next week on October 14th and runs through the 20th. In honor of the annual push to help make teens more aware of the dangers on the road and learn to drive safer, we will be posting a series of blogs over the next two weeks that discuss different aspects of teen driving and provide thoughts on what everyone can do to make the roads safer.
Although there has been an overall decrease in the number of fatal car accidents nationwide, a comparison of national and Texas state statistics reveal that the pattern has not held true in Texas. There still appears to be a disproportionate number of people seriously injured or killed in car accidents on Texas highways.
To say that driving a vehicle today can be dangerous is an understatement.
As we blogged about in our previous post, the number one cause of deaths among teens is automobile accidents. But statistics show that states with graduated driver's license (GDL) programs have fewer incidents of accidents involving teen drivers.
The number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States is auto crashes, according to federal traffic safety data.