Facts and Figures

Motor vehicles crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

In 2015, 2,333 teens in the United States ages 16-19 were killed and 235,845 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. That means that six teens ages 16-19 died every day from motor vehicles injuries.

Drivers age 16-19 are twice as likely to crash as those 20-24; three times as likely as those 25-29; and more than four times as likely as those 30-69. Among those 16-19 years old, the youngest drivers have the highest risk.

In Alabama, vehicular deaths account for almost half of preventable deaths for residents less than 18 years of age each year. "Driver inexperience" is cited as the cause in many of those deaths.

In addition to the three primary factors in teen driver deaths, other factors which contribute to teen driver crashes, injuries, and fatalities include:

  • Driver inexperience - this amplifies the effects of most other factors
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive and/or reckless driving
  • Nighttime driving
  • Unlicensed and underage driving
  • Unsafe vehicles/equipment

Page last updated: June 20, 2018